The Bee’s Knees, a Lavender and Gin Martini

From Bon Appetit, March 2005, a gin martini recipe that sounds yummy. 

-Mix ¼ cup hot water with 1 tsp lavender blossoms. Let steep 5 minutes.

-Whisk in ¼ cup honey and then strain with a fine mesh sieve into another bowl.

-Add 3 TBS honey syrup 6 TBS gin and 2 TBS lemon juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

-Shake well and strain into 2 chilled martini glasses.

-Serves 2.

Mint Juleps

-To make the mint syrup combine the following in a small saucepan:

2 cups water

2 cups white sugar

½ cup fresh mint

-Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar is completely dissolved.

-Allow syrup to cool overnight in the fridge.

-Pour syrup through a strainer to remove mint leaves

-Fill eight cups or frozen goblets with crushed ice and pour in the following:

3 ounces of Kentucky bourbon

¼ cup mint syrup in each.

-Top each cup with some sparkling water and a mint sprig.