Gin, grapefruit, and lavender make a delicious end-of-summer cocktail for a hot day. Think of this as a grown up version of gin and juice!
The awesome folks at Prairie Organic Spirits didn't just send me cucumber vodka (see my recipe using that here!). They also sent me a bottle of their organic gin to try out. Since summer is winding down I wanted to make the most of all of the herbs we are growing, and I realized that I had horribly neglected the lavender in our front yard. For shame!
I'm not really a big fruit juice fan, but grapefruit juice is on my short list of fruity faves. I like it squeezed fresh with no extra sugar, but if you want to offset the lip-puckering grapefruit, you can add a little bit of brown sugar to your gin and juice.
Fresh lavender can be tough to find, and if you're not growing your own and can't track any down, here are some alternate herbs you can use to make a a spin on my gin and juice recipe:
I've also had a bunch of folks ask me where they can get Prairie Organic Spirits, and honestly, I'm not sure! Greens - the package store near me - sometimes has their regular vodka, but I haven't looked for the cucumber vodka or their gin, since they sent me two big bottles to test out. I was able to find some online retailers that carry them just by googling "Prairie Vodka," so that might be your best bet. You can also ask your local liquor store to stock it!
But enough about where to shop! Grab that gin, grapefruit, and lavender, and let's sip on gin and juice...
Grown-Up Gin and Juice
- 1 1/2 ounces of gin
- juice of 1 fresh grapefruit
- 1/4 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)
- 2 teaspoons fresh lavender leaves
- sprig of fresh lavender, for garnish
- In a tall glass, combine the gin, juice, sugar, and lavender leaves, and muddle (aka squish everything together with a big spoon).
- Fill your glass the rest of the way with ice, garnish with lavender sprig, and serve!