By Rocks Drinks
A classic cocktail, this version includes elderflower for a floral twist.
Preparation time: 12 minutes plus cooling time
2 tbsp fresh or dried lavender flowers
250ml Rocks Sparkling Elderflower
8 tbsp gin
2 tbsp dry vermouth
Firstly, make the floral syrup. Put 250ml Rocks Sparkling Elderflower into a small saucepan with the lavender. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes until the liquid has reduced by half. Turn off the heat and leave too steep until it goes cold. Strain into a clean container and use immediately or keep in the fridge for a week.
To make each martini, pour 2 tbsp of the syrup into a cocktail shaker with the 2 tbsp gin, 1/2 tbsp vermouth and some ice. Shake well and pour into a cold martini glass. Top up with an extra dash of Rocks Sparkling Elderflower if desired and garnish with a few lavender or elder flowers.
Cook's tip: Culinary lavender flowers are available in some supermarkets or online. If using fresh make sure that they are not sprayed with any pesticides, etc.
This recipe was originally published on www.rocksdrinks.co.uk.