Friday, May 15, 2009

5:00 Fridays

My hot chef of a friend Jennie told me about lavender vodka in passing on Twitter one day. I have lavender sachets in my linen closet and have the essential oil to soothe mosquito bites (not sure if this works more than psychosomatically). Purple is also my favorite color so I have always been partial to lavender flowers. I had a delightful lavender creme brulee once so I figured infused vodka had to delight the senses every bit as much.

All the flavored vodkas lining the shelves of the ABC store threw me into a whirl of giddiness, leaving me feeling as high as I did when I first stepped foot into Dylan's Candy Bar. I've generally been a vodka purist, eschewing all but the vanilla vodka time to time.

And then I met Lavender Lemonade. Oh, that would totally be my porn star name if I would ever stop snickering long enough to actually be a sex kitten. Think about it: Lavender Lemonade, sniff and pucker. Too raunchy? This striptease/pole dancing party I was invited to has me all hot and bothered. More bothered than hot. And yeah, I know there's a blog post waiting to be written there. Oh, as usual, I digress.

So I got myself some Rain Organics Lavender Lemonade vodka and started experimenting. Here's the taste test winner. In fact, it was so tasty that Mac Daddy, who normally likes his women and his liquor brown, is polishing one off right this very minute.

Lavender Rain
1 shot Rain Organics Lavender Lemonade vodka
1 tablespoon simple syrup
1 ounce pineapple juice
splash of club soda
few sprigs of fresh mint (I plucked mine from my very own garden! Not that I'm bragging...)
fresh raspberries (Plucked fresh from the walk in fridge at Costco)

Muddle the mint and simple syrup. Add ice, vodka, and pineapple juice to a rocks glass. Top off with a splash of club soda and stir. Add 3, exactly 3, raspberries for garnish. You taste buds will salute the sweetness of the pineapple and the earthiness of the mint and then curtsy to the subtle flowery finish of the lavender.

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Jen L. said...

Oh, my word, YUM. I may have to go in search of some of this for a party we're going to tonight. I LOVE lavendar! Have you ever had a lavendar cookie? They are divine. There's a place in NYC, Alice's Tea Cup, that has Lavendar Earl Grey tea. I usually just save myself the trouble and order two cups when I get there. ;)

Helena Handbasket said...

Oh wow. I LOVE lavender! At Candle 79 in NYC they have homemade lavender soy ice cream (if you are lucky). I have proposed marriage to the pastry chef on more than one occasion, sight unseen, because it is sooooo good. It is my favorite thing in the whole world. They also used to make strawberry lavender lemonade. I can't wait to try this!

Magpie said...

i'm not a fan of flavored vodka, but that does sound awesome.

Anonymous said...

That's sounding pretty indulgent...I adore your exotic dancer name. Go with it.

dadshouse said...

Does Lavendar Lemonade give lap dances? Doh!

Happy Friday!

DCUrbanDad said...

I need a drink - NOW

Gwen said...

I love lavender infused dark chocolate. Lavender vodka sounds even better. I mean, I can't drunk off of chocolate, right?

Andy said...

I will defiantly be trying this tomorrow evening and will be following your 5:00 Fridays! Keep up the good work...