Made In the Shade

This refreshing, boozy lavender lemonade with a hint of peach is summertime in a glass.

Brian Sandahl|May 11, 2022
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65 Minutes

1 Serving

Easy

cocktail | elderflower | lavender

This is a floral take on the old-fashioned Southern approach to a boozy lemonade. Lavender infused vodka and peach bitters make this cocktail perfect for long spring or summer evenings, as a lazy Saturday sip, or a pre-dinner drink.

Brian Sandahl of

Heavy Muddle

prefers Topo Chico as the club soda topper, as any good Texan would. Cocchi Americano is an aromatized wine, which can be substituted with dry vermouth if you can’t find it at your local liquor store. You can also use a lavender syrup instead of making your own lavender vodka, but the infusing process is fairly simple, as well as more rewarding.

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Ingredients

For Lavender-Infused Vodka:

1

cup unflavored vodka

1

tablespoon dried lavender buds, plus more for garnish

For Cocktail:

3/4

ounces lemon juice

1/2

ounces St. Germain elderflower liqueur

1/2

ounces Cocchi Americano

1/4

ounces simple syrup

2

dashes peach bitters

3

ounces club soda or Topo Chico, for topping

Dehydrated lemon wheel, for garnish

Instructions

STEP 1

To create the lavender-infused vodka, combine 1 tablespoon dried lavender buds and 1 cup unflavored vodka in a jar with a lid. Let infuse for 1 hour.

STEP 2

Combine 1 ½ ounces lavender vodka, lemon juice, elderflower liqueur, Cocchi Americano, simple syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker.

STEP 3

Shake for 20–30 seconds.

STEP 4

Using a cocktail strainer, strain into a

Drinking Glass

filled with ice.

STEP 5

Top with club soda.

STEP 6

Garnish with dried lemon wheel and remaining lavender buds.