If I could go back and live in another time, it would definitely be during the Prohibition Era. Besides the bootlegging and racketeering, I love the music, fashions, and excitement of these seemingly wild times, and needless to say, I find the show Boardwalk Empire absolutely fascinating. I also love a good speakeasy. From NYC’s Milk & Honey to PDT to Raines Law Room, I am more than willing to overlook the elitism, pretentiousness, and absurd prices in order to enjoy their impeccable mixology. Some of the cocktails that these elite establishments engineer seem to defy the laws of physics, and once concocted, look like true works of art.
I had one of the most memorable cocktails ever at The Gibson in DC. For the life of me, I cannot remember the exact ingredients, but I do remember that the bartender (or mixologist) included gin and some delicious lavender simple syrup and then set the drink on fire! To take the first steps towards recreating this mysterious cocktail, I decided to make some lavender simple syrup. I will figure out the rest of the ingredients some time or another, but for now, I will just focus on the syrup. Sorry to say, but I chose to sidestep the pyrotechnics as well. Maybe next time.
Lavender Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons dried lavender buds
Bring the water and sugar to a boil, so that the sugar fully dissolves. Add the lavender buds and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Drain and let the syrup cool. I left a few buds in the syrup because I think they make a pretty presentation. In addition to mysterious cocktails, this syrup is wonderful in teas or over vanilla ice cream. If anyone has a yummy martini recipe including lavender simple syrup, please let me know!