A simple and refreshing lavender grapefruit cocktail for your next happy hour! - sugar and cloth - pretty cocktail

Lavender Grapefruit Gin Buck Cocktail

Admittedly, I’ve been having a moment with this whole flowers in cocktails trend (ok, more like a year!). There are a surprising amount of flowers out there that are edible- who knew! One I return to often is lavender. Not only is it totally accessible, but you can get food grade dried buds online & in most grocery stores and it has a beautiful flavor. I, Ashley, found some Spanish lavender at the market recently, and I couldn’t wait to use it again to mix-up this lavender grapefruit gin buck cocktail!

A Buck is a style of cocktail using liquor mixed with citrus and ginger beer (not to be confused with ginger ale). The most famous (or infamous if you ask any bartender) is the Moscow Mule. Buck, Mule get it? Ha! It is what popularized vodka in the US years ago. There are so many other great Bucks out there, however. My favorite for warm weather? A Gin Buck. The juniper and botanicals in gin that pair beautifully with the ginger beer. Match made in cocktail heaven (although bourbon is a lovely Buck pairing too!) This lavender grapefruit version just might be my current favorite flavor combo.

A simple and refreshing lavender grapefruit cocktail for your next happy hour! - sugar and cloth - pretty cocktail

Lavender Simple Syrup

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Sugar
  • 8 ounces Water
  • 3 tablespoons Dried lavender buds

Instructions

  • Add sugar and water to a pot on high. Once the sugar has disolved, add the lavender buds.
  • When the mixture boils, take of the heat and let cool to room temperature. Once cooled, strain through a fine mesh strainer into a jar. Store up to 4 weeks in the fridge.

A simple and refreshing lavender grapefruit cocktail for your next happy hour! - sugar and cloth - pretty cocktail

Lavender Grapefruit Gin Buck Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 ounces Gin
  • 1 1/2 ounces Good quality ginger beer
  • 1 1/2 ounces Grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce Lavender simple syrup
  • Grapefruit slice, garnish
  • Organic lavender stalk or other edible flower, garnish

Instructions

  • Pre-chill a copper mug.
  • Add gin, grapefruit juice, and lavender syrup to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into the chilled mug fwith ice.
  • Top with the ginger beer. Garnish with grapefruit slice and lavender.

A simple and refreshing lavender grapefruit cocktail for your next happy hour! - sugar and cloth - pretty cocktailA simple and refreshing lavender grapefruit cocktail for your next happy hour! - sugar and cloth - pretty cocktailA simple and refreshing lavender grapefruit cocktail for your next happy hour! - sugar and cloth - pretty cocktail

If you like floral, sweet, tart, fizzy, refreshing cocktails AND drinking out of a fancy copper mug, this is your new summer go-to drink! Cheers to those longer days and warmer nights, and be sure to check out the hashtag #cocktailsandflowers to see the rest of my floral libations!

Ashley Rose Conway

Ashley Rose Conway is head cocktail shaker, recipe developer, stylist & photographer over at Craft + Cocktails, a site devoted to the art of making & shaking.
See more of her delicious cocktails on Craft + Cocktails

Read more from Ashley Rose Conway

A simple and refreshing lavender grapefruit cocktail for your next happy hour! - sugar and cloth - pretty cocktail

Lavender Grapefruit Gin Buck Cocktail

Admittedly, I’ve been having a moment with this whole flowers in cocktails trend (ok, more like a year!). There are a surprising amount of flowers out there that are edible- who knew! One I return to often is lavender. Not only is it totally accessible, but you can get food grade dried buds online & in most grocery stores and it has a beautiful flavor. I, Ashley, found some Spanish lavender at the market recently, and I couldn’t wait to use it again to mix-up this lavender grapefruit gin buck cocktail!

A Buck is a style of cocktail using liquor mixed with citrus and ginger beer (not to be confused with ginger ale). The most famous (or infamous if you ask any bartender) is the Moscow Mule. Buck, Mule get it? Ha! It is what popularized vodka in the US years ago. There are so many other great Bucks out there, however. My favorite for warm weather? A Gin Buck. The juniper and botanicals in gin that pair beautifully with the ginger beer. Match made in cocktail heaven (although bourbon is a lovely Buck pairing too!) This lavender grapefruit version just might be my current favorite flavor combo.

A simple and refreshing lavender grapefruit cocktail for your next happy hour! - sugar and cloth - pretty cocktail

Lavender Simple Syrup

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Sugar
  • 8 ounces Water
  • 3 tablespoons Dried lavender buds

Instructions

  • Add sugar and water to a pot on high. Once the sugar has disolved, add the lavender buds.
  • When the mixture boils, take of the heat and let cool to room temperature. Once cooled, strain through a fine mesh strainer into a jar. Store up to 4 weeks in the fridge.

A simple and refreshing lavender grapefruit cocktail for your next happy hour! - sugar and cloth - pretty cocktail

Lavender Grapefruit Gin Buck Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 ounces Gin
  • 1 1/2 ounces Good quality ginger beer
  • 1 1/2 ounces Grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce Lavender simple syrup
  • Grapefruit slice, garnish
  • Organic lavender stalk or other edible flower, garnish

Instructions

  • Pre-chill a copper mug.
  • Add gin, grapefruit juice, and lavender syrup to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into the chilled mug fwith ice.
  • Top with the ginger beer. Garnish with grapefruit slice and lavender.

A simple and refreshing lavender grapefruit cocktail for your next happy hour! - sugar and cloth - pretty cocktailA simple and refreshing lavender grapefruit cocktail for your next happy hour! - sugar and cloth - pretty cocktailA simple and refreshing lavender grapefruit cocktail for your next happy hour! - sugar and cloth - pretty cocktail

If you like floral, sweet, tart, fizzy, refreshing cocktails AND drinking out of a fancy copper mug, this is your new summer go-to drink! Cheers to those longer days and warmer nights, and be sure to check out the hashtag #cocktailsandflowers to see the rest of my floral libations!

Ashley Rose Conway

Ashley Rose Conway is head cocktail shaker, recipe developer, stylist & photographer over at Craft + Cocktails, a site devoted to the art of making & shaking.
See more of her delicious cocktails on Craft + Cocktails

Read more from Ashley Rose Conway

Comments

  • Gabriella

    05.13.16

    Lavender and grapefruit all in one glass? Count me in. Happy weekend!

  • Becca

    05.13.16

    Sounds delicious! But where oh where can i find those mugs!!!

    • Lindsey said:

      I found them at William’s Sonoma! They’re on sale until June 27th(tomorrow) for 20% off and free shipping!

  • sahrA

    05.13.16

    omg this is every flavor i love for spring together!

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

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