Les Fleurs: A Gin Cocktail as Predictable as the Season

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Les Fleurs: A Gin Cocktail as Predictable as the Season

I didn’t realize I was so predictable. Really? Me? Predictable? I mean I’d blush in concession if you said I was affable or even (ah, shucks) adorable. Go right ahead and call me capable, I don’t mind. I know capable sounds a bit dull, but if you said it in a nice way I’d say thank you. I guess that’s just how amenable I am. But predictable? I always thought that was laughable. Well, I’m here to tell you that the evidence is in, and it’s sizeable. Les Fleurs is a gin cocktail that (on this blog) is as predictable as the season.

When cocktail hour rolls around I like to tinker. Sometimes my tinkering leads to tippling. Enough tippling that it’s easy to convince myself that I’ve developed an original cocktail worth sharing on the pages of this blog. Such is the case of today’s seasonally inspired gin cocktail.

Les Fleurs: A Gin Cocktail

Les Fleurs is a gin cocktail featuring the subtle essence of two springtime flowers: lavender and elderflower. As far as blog fare goes Les Fleurs sounds like a gin cocktail that’s downright copyrightable.

Well, that’s debatable. Because, exactly one year ago today I presented Whiff of Spring, another “original” gin cocktail with an aromatic breath of sweet elderflower. In other words, on the same day last year, I was sitting in the same backyard, listening to the same birds chirping, while enjoying the same flowers blooming – and I came up with the same combination of gin and elderflower.

One year ago today. Now that’s either predictable or inevitable. Either way, I find it irritable. GREG

Les Fleurs: A Gin Cocktail as Predictable as the Season

Les Fleurs Cocktail

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For a “from scratch” lavender-infused syrup, gently heat ½ cup honey with ½ cup water and 1 tablespoon dried lavender buds in a small saucepan. Bring to simmer, stirring until combined. Turn off heat and allow it to steep for 30 minutes until it cools. Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve and store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before using.

Les Fleurs Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounce gin
  • 3/4 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 ounce fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice
  • ½ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce lavender-infused honey syrup (made from equal parts Honey Ridge Farms Honey Creme Lavender and hot water, or see note)

Directions

Pour gin, St. Germain, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and honey syrup into a cocktail shaker 2/3 filled with ice. Shake until well-chilled and properly diluted, about 20 seconds. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with 1 large or 3 medium ice cubes. Garnish with lavender bloom (if using).

 

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