Sipping on a lavender vodka cocktail may be the ultimate in relaxation. Learn how to make a simple lemon and lavender vodka infusion that can be used to make a variety of drinks. I'll even show you how to use the infusion to make my favorite, a Lavender Vodka Collins!
What's Great About Lavender Cocktails
There are many benefits of lavender but one of my favorites is that there has been great research showing that lavender aids in relaxation and helps in the reduction of stress.
That makes it the perfect addition to cocktails, in my mind! Enjoying a tasty beverage at the end of a long day is made even better when it includes an ingredient that will help me to relax even more!
How to Make the Infusion
It is so simple to make lavender-infused vodka! It just takes three simple ingredients:
- Your favorite vodka
- Dried lavender
- Lemon peel
Get a big bottle or mason jar and add the dried lavender and the lemon peel to the bottom. Fill it up with vodka and seal tightly.
It is best to store your infusion in a cool, dark, and dry place, like a cabinet or pantry. The vodka will be infused with the flavor of the lavender, with a subtle undertone of citrus.
How long to let it infuse is a matter of personal preference. Give it a taste after 3 days. (The taste-testing is my favorite part!) If it is to your liking then it is ready to strain. If you want more flavor, leave it until it tastes just how you want it.
Cocktail Ingredient Notes
The Lavender Vodka Collins is a refreshing lemon lavender cocktail that is so simple to make!
- Vodka - I love Tito's, after all, I'm a Texan girl! But any vodka you enjoy will work fine.
- Lavender Buds - There is lavender that is for decoration and lavender for consumption. You don't want to consume most lavender that is sold in bundles, as that has been treated with chemicals. Some health food stores sell packages of dried lavender, but I get mine off Amazon.
Bonus: It is fragrant so you can also use it for non-culinary projects, like making drawer sachets!
- Simple Syrup - If you prefer homemade, check out this recipe for Brown Sugar Simple Syrup, but use granulated sugar instead of brown sugar. You can also purchase ready-to-use bottles of simple syrup at your local grocery store.
Cocktail Recipe Instructions
- Add the lavender-lemon infused vodka to a collins glass.
- Squeeze the juice from a lemon and add ¾ of an ounce (1 ½ tablespoons) to the glass.
- Pour simple syrup into the glass.
- Fill with ice, then top with club soda.
- Garnish with a lemon slice and a sprig of lavender, if desired.
More Lavender Vodka Cocktail Ideas
- Lavender Martini - Leave out the club soda and increase the lemon juice to a full ounce. Shake in a cocktail shaker and serve in a martini glass.
- Lavender Vodka Tonic - 2 ounces of lavender vodka and 4-6 ounces of tonic water. Add a squeeze of lemon, if you wish.
- Lavender Greyhound - 2 ounces of lavender vodka and 4 ounces of grapefruit juice.
Vodka is the best liquor to use because it is clean and allows you to really taste the lavender. Gin can also be used, though the botanical flavors of the gin will also come through.
For large batches, multiply the proportions by the number of people you will be serving, and mix the vodka, simple syrup, and lemon juice into a pitcher. When ready to serve, pour over ice and top with club soda.
If stored properly, in a dark and cool location, lavender vodka can keep indefinitely. Store it in a tightly sealed container that is just big enough to hold the liquid. You want as little air as possible stored in the container.
This recipe makes 2 cups of lavender vodka, but you can make a smaller batch if you prefer. Just scale down according to the amount that you desire.
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Lavender Vodka CocktailRecipe by:
Lavender Vodka Infusion
- 16 ounces vodka (2 cups)
- 2 teaspoons dried lavender buds or 2 tablespoons fresh lavender buds
- the peel of 1 lemon
Lavender Vodka Collins
- 2 ounces lavender infused vodka (¼ cup)
- .50 ounces simple syrup (1 tablespoon)
- .75 ounces fresh lemon juice (1 ½ tablespoons)
- 2 ounces club soda (¼ cup)
Lavender Vodka Infusion
- Place the lavender buds and the lemon peel into a large jar (greater than 16 ounces). Add the vodka. Secure the lid and give the jar a swirl to mix the ingredients together.
- Place in a cool location for 3-5 days. Shake the ingredients daily. After 3 days, taste the vodka. Once the infusion is to your liking, strain into a clean container. Store in a cool and dry place, out of direct sunlight. It will keep indefinitely.
Lavender Vodka Collins
- Add the vodka, simple syrup, and lemon juice to a highball glass. Fill the glass with ice, then top with club soda. Stir gently.
- Garnish with a lemon slice and a lavender sprig, if desired.