Summer Breeze Martini

I was over at Como Conservatory last week and I decided to take a stroll out to the Japanese garden.  As I walked along the path all I could hear was the sound of the water as it flowed through the stream, and a few birds singing to each other in the trees.  I was enjoying the peacefulness of it all, and I could not help but notice how fragrant the air was.  Although it was a hot day, it smelled of fragrant flowers and herbs.  Thanks in part to the lovely flowering bushes along the path and the aromatic thyme carpet that covered part of the ground.  I couldn't help but think how wonderful it would be to have such a place in my own back yard.  



Unfortunately, my own back yard is not so picturesque, but I am happy to have other lovely places to visit.  I decided that a martini was in order yesterday.  I had just had a root canal, and although the root canal itself was not that bad, the shock of the price of it was certainly a big ouch.  



I like to think of pleasant things when the unpleasantness hits like that, so instead of being upset, I decided that I would rather think about the fragrant air and the peacefulness of the garden last weekend when I was making my drink.  I thought it ought to be as aromatic, beautiful and calming as the experience I had had.  



I chose aquavit for a base, as it is so aromatic, and combined it with St. Germain, lavender and lemon!  I coated part of the rim with lavender as well so I could take in the heavenly aroma as I sipped it.  It was as fragrant as a summer breeze in the garden, and so refreshing!  

Summer Breeze Martini
(Aquavit with Elderflower, Lemon, Lavender)
Makes 1

6 ice cubes
4 oz Aquavit
1 oz lemon juice
2 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur 
1 1/2 oz lavender syrup*
lavender flowers for garnish (optional)

In a martini shaker add the ice, aquavit, lemon juice, St. Germain, and lavender syrup, and place top on shaker. Shake until well blended. Remove glass from freezer and pour the drink into the glass through a strainer, and serve!

*Lavender Syrup:
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup raw coconut nectar
2 Tbsp dried lavander
Heat water until boiling, remove from heat and whisk in agave nectar and lavander, until nectar is dissolved. Chill well before using in drinks.
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38 Comments
    • June 30, 2012 at 01:48
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      It is my favorite liqueur :)!

  1. June 28, 2012 at 22:30
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    How lovely! This weekend I'm making lavender lemonade granita and chocolate lavender ice cream. Maybe I should also make this drink to sip on while 'cooking'!

    • June 30, 2012 at 01:49
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      That granita sounds wonderful Tiffany! So does the ice cream! Too bad we don't live closer and we could swap desserts and drinks :)!

  2. June 29, 2012 at 00:23
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    This looks wonderfully refreshing--I'm a sucker for a pink drink! Great combo of elderflower, aquavit and lavender. I'll definitely have to try this one!!

    • June 30, 2012 at 01:50
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      Me too :)! You should definately try, one of the best pink drinks I have had :)!

    • June 30, 2012 at 01:50
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      Thanks Claire :)!

  3. June 29, 2012 at 01:06
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    A perfect summer drink and the perfect cure to a root canal bill! Those are never fun!

    • June 30, 2012 at 01:51
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      It definately helped :)! At least until I get the card statement haha!

  4. June 29, 2012 at 01:44
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    That sounds so lovely! I made myself a basil mint lemonade after work, and it was wonderful. Next time I definitely need to incorporate lavender or rose or some other lovely floral note.

    • June 30, 2012 at 01:51
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      Thanks :)! Your lemonade sounds wonderful as well, I would love some of that right now ;)!

  5. June 29, 2012 at 01:56
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    What a beautiful drink! I hope it took a little of the sting out of the dentist's bill... :)

    • June 30, 2012 at 01:52
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      Thanks Cathy :)! It definately helped ;)!

  6. June 29, 2012 at 04:33
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    Wow! Beautiful drink and such lovely flavors. What a great way to start off the Summer. Love it. Buzzed. =]

    • June 30, 2012 at 01:54
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      Thanks Kym :)! And thanks for the buzz, much appriciated!

  7. June 29, 2012 at 05:16
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    Such a pretty drink. I hope it took your mind off the pain (literal and monetary)!

    • June 30, 2012 at 01:54
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      Thanks Anita :)! It always helps :)!

    • June 30, 2012 at 01:54
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      Thank you :)!

    • June 30, 2012 at 01:55
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      Thank you :)!

    • June 30, 2012 at 01:55
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      Thanks Jennie :)! Lavender is my favorite herb in drinks ;)!

    • June 30, 2012 at 01:56
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      Thank you :)! The lavender on the rim was also there so that I could enjoy its aroma while sipping the drink, it was lovely :)!

    • July 1, 2012 at 18:43
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      Thanks, it makes the drink taste better because you are enjoying the aroma of the lavender while sipping :)!

  8. July 1, 2012 at 02:16
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    Ooh, this sounds really delicious & is so beautiful! I love the lavender on the rim!

    • July 1, 2012 at 18:44
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      Thanks so much :)! I loved the color as well!

  9. July 1, 2012 at 07:24
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    This looks so wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

    • July 1, 2012 at 18:44
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      Thank you :)!

    • July 2, 2012 at 12:17
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      Thanks Stephanie :)!

  10. July 2, 2012 at 16:47
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    I love the little lavender buds around the rim, definitely a little pick me up!

    • July 3, 2012 at 00:30
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      They were very calming :)!

  11. July 3, 2012 at 12:49
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    I feel as though I should be whispering, this drink seems so peaceful...shhhh

    • July 3, 2012 at 23:56
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      It certainly was :)!

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