½ oz lemon juice
½ oz honey syrup
2 ½ oz jasmine tea
½ oz Crème de Violette
2 oz gin (we use Bombay Sapphire)
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, then add ice. Shake & strain into glass.
1 c water
1 c honey
Bring water to a boil, remove from heat, and stir in honey. Store in a covered glass container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
2 c rinsed lilac florets
1 c water
1 c honey
1 handful of blueberries
Soak lilac in cold water for a few hours. Add blueberries and simmer for 10 minutes, until the scent of lilac is released. Take off heat, stir in honey and let cool. Strain into a glass container and store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. Use in teas & juices as well.
This year, after a particularly long and gray winter, the lilac bush in the front yard finally bloomed.
Ephemeral and woozy, lilac is one of our favorite scents. This cocktail is inspired by remembrances of gardens in bloom.
It is, essentially, an Aviation (a classic cocktail from the 1920s with gin, maraschino, crème de violette, and lemon) lengthened with jasmine tea. It is fragrant, floral, ethereal and delicate.
We’ve made this recipe with no maraschino and a honey simple syrup. However, you can also make lilac honey syrup to make use of short lived lilac blossoms.
Lavender, jasmine, lilac, rose, hibiscus, honeysuckle... if you like it, use it. In many of the following recipes, we’ve incorporated our favorite flowers and herbs. There are also many commercial liqueurs and aromatics available. We recommend rose water, orange flower water, and crème de violette.
Try freezing lilac sprigs or other blooms into ice cubes, or make an ice block in a springform pan. It looks lovely in a punch bowl, and serves to keep the drink cold with minimal dilution.
If you’d like to make a punch for a group, convert ounces to cups. If it’s a slamming garden party, convert to quarts! You may need to add additional honey syrup to compensate for inconsistencies in the sourness of the the lemon juice. Add a bit of water to compensate for not shaking it with ice. Another solution: Make a pitcher of jasmine tea-lemonade for your non-imbibing guests, and add the liquors to order.
“Grey Gardens is oozing with romance, ghosts, and other things” —Little Edie
GRIMOIRE: Cure your ills with...
Jasmine // Jasminum Sambac
Jasmine lowers blood pressure & cholesterol, improves digestion, and is an aphrodisiac. Jasmine tea lends a verdant nose to this recipe. The scent is as intoxicating as this cocktail.
Lilac // Syringa Vulgaris
Lilac is incredibly fragrant for a few short weeks in warmer months. There are no known medicinal benefits of consuming lilac, but the aroma is calming and eases anxiety.