Les Fleurs Cocktail is scented with the essence of two flowers: elderflower and lavender. It’s important to use honey syrup which is made from equal parts honey and warm water. Honey may dissolve in hot tea beautifully, but in an ice-filled cocktail shaker, honey makes a gloppy mess. No worries, honey syrup will add all the benefits of honey with none of the sticky repercussions.
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.
- 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)
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).