Updated: May 13, 2022
So when I had made my Lilac Simple Syrup, of course I had to make cocktail. This one is super simple, and the flavours marry nicely and is super refreshing now that summer is in full swing.
So when lilacs were still in season I had made the syrup with them, made this cocktail, and I still have some left over syrup in my fridge. And believe me when I say that lilacs have a bit of a short season, I picked some, made a simple syrup with them, then next thing I know, they were all gone!
Luckily, I was able to make a delicious drink with the syrup and still have some leftover flowers for garnish. But don’t worry, you can still make this drink if you have syrup and not worry about lilac flowers, in fact, there are a lot of other edible flowers that you can easily use to make your drink extra fancy!
Now onto the drink - I‘m quite picky with them. I can’t drink beer, so I tend to go for relatively simple cocktails, and my alcohol of choice is usually gin. Vodka's fine too but I like the complexity of gin, combine that with various flavours that compliment it, and you have a wonderful sip.
This gin-based cocktail, is easy enough to make and you can even customize it to your liking. It's made with blueberries, but you can use whatever berry you'd like.
Berries are at its best this time of year, they're sweet, plump and juicy, and their flavour is amplified when mixed in cocktails.
I used my Lilac Simple Syrup in it, but you're welcome to use a lavender syrup, or go plain jane and use regular simple or vanilla syrup. No syrup? That's fine, use sugar cubes!
What makes it super refreshing of course is once all of it is mixed together with some mint, it is topped of with tonic water - yum! Great to for cooling down and chilling on a #thirstythursday after work. Oh what a great end to a day.
Here's what you'll need:
Simple Syrup (preferably lilac or lavender)
Fresh blueberries (or whatever berry you'd like)
Gin, I like to use Dillon's or Bombay Sapphire
Edible flowers, optional
How to make it:
In a highball glass, add 1/2oz of syrup, 1/4 cup of berries, 4 mint leaves - crush and muddle together.
Top with ice, pour in 1-2oz gin (depending on how strong you'd like it)
Pour over tonic water, and stir. Garnish with more mint and edible flowers, if using.
Enjoy responsibly! ;)