Believe it or not, this site is run by a man. I know what you are thinking: You see a post about a raspberry-lavender martini and think, “oh, cute, this site is run by a dandy lady.” Nope! I am all man. This martini recipe just happens to be dedicated to the overwhelming female presence in my house lately.
Let me elaborate. I’m getting married next month and my mom is in town to help us with the flowers for our reception. Girlie enough for you yet? No? Well, keep reading. Not only are my mom and fiancée spending every night talking about decorations, dresses, doilies, rainbows, and lollipops, but they have taken over my entire living space with giant piles of silk flowers and fake branches as they try to create their perfect vision for our special day.
Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate the effort. It’s not like I could do it. If it were up to me, our wedding would be decorated with life-size cutouts of Star Wars characters and all our guests would sit on blankets, picnic-style, and we would take turns playing bluegrass music on a small stage. But, alas, I’m not in charge (for good reason).
To show my appreciation that my two favorite women (my other two favorite women, my sister and sister-in-law, are helping remotely, too), I decided to make them the most girlie, fruity and flowery cocktail I could mix. Turns out I had some beautiful raspberries leftover from the weekend and my fiancée had just brought me gifts of different dried herbs and spices from her trip to see family in Austin, TX. I decided to infuse a simple syrup with raspberries and lavender, and mix it with a few splashes of my new favorite vodka, Tito’s. After several samples, and slightly slurred speech, I was able to get the proportions just right.
After all my hard work, turns out my favorite women have the tolerance of C-3PO. That didn’t really surprise me; my fiancée literally got drunk after 3 sips from a beer on our third of fourth date and my mom turns red just smelling wine. Maybe this was just an excuse to get myself drunk as they continued to prance around, tossing flowers around our house like giddy schoolgirls. My mom loved the martini, but could really only handle two sips before she giggled after each word. My fiancée wasn’t much better. She asked for her raspberry-lavender martini served virgin with sparkling water instead of vodka. However you try it, it’s a beautiful cocktail with flavors that start sweet and finish with warm floral tones. Whatever that means.
So, to all my other favorite women, the kind that read men’s food blogs, this drink is for you.
- 3 ounces raspberries
- 1½ cups sugar
- 1½ cups water
- 3 teaspoons dried lavender
- 3 ounces vodka
- 2 ounces raspberry-lavender simple syrup
- raspberries to garnish
- Combine raspberries, sugar, and water in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Add lavender and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 10 minutes. Mixture should simmer.
- Mash raspberries against the side of the pan with a wooden spoon to help them breakdown. Continue to cook another 5 minutes
- In a shaker, add ice, vodka, and raspberry-lavender simple syrup and shake or mix until well incorporated and ice cold. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with raspberries.