Before I introduce you to my new favorite summer cocktail, I’d like to introduce you to the perfect drinking glass. Yes, perfect.
I used to purchase my glassware based solely on its looks. The funkier the better. Then I had kids (and a husband), and durability became a huge factor in the glass-buying process. But I also had a mom-in-law who really took notice of how a cup or glass felt in your hand, and how that affected the drinking experience, be it iced tea, coffee or a cocktail. She didn’t like a glass that was too heavy (which meant she was not a fan of my beloved mexican chunky blown glass drinkware that I’d bought in a little town in Baja), or too wide. And I began to take notice of these things too, and started to pay more attention to what I was drinking out of whenever we went out.
When we were in Spain a few years ago, I fell in love with what I would come to know as a bodega style glass that all of the the restaurants there seemed to have. Nice and light, the perfect width, easy sipping and beautiful in its simplicity. I came home and promptly began searching for my own set of these perfect glasses, and have loved them ever since.
In addition to the weight, width, sipping experience and classic good looks, these glasses are damn near unbreakable. They’re tempered glass, and that coupled with what I think is probably a feat of engineering, they have literally bounced on my wood floors with nary a crack. And believe me, in my house that happens alot! I also love that they’re flat-bottomed, which means no puddles of water on the glass after they’ve gone through the dishwasher.
I’m not saying these glasses will make your drinks taste better (though they kinda do), but they do up your sipping experience. Great for casual everyday use but because of its clean design they work beautifully on a fancy table too. Everyone falls in love with them, and I’ve gifted a set several times because of it (they make a great wedding or housewarming gift)! I have and love the 17 oz. Maxi (on sale right now!) and the 12 oz. Medium.
Ok on to your new favorite summer gin cocktail!
I’ve become a bit of a Gin girl the past few years. I love a good G&T and any type of gin sour (Army Navy’s = yum). The refreshing zing that you get from the botanical profile of gin just adds something to a drink that I’m really digging (more about gin in this post).
This easy gin cocktail recipe does include a lavender simple syrup, but if you don’t have time to make it or buy it, it’s still a great tasting cocktail using regular simple syrup, orgeat or agave syrup.
Lavender Simple Syrup is so good and so easy to make.
If you haven’t made your own simple syrup before it really is the easiest thing. The basic recipe is simply this: one cup of sugar to one cup of water, simmer until sugar is fully dissolved. That’s it! When flavoring a simple syrup, you add whatever it is (in this case, lavender sprigs) to the simmer once the sugar is dissolved, simmer for a bit, then turn off the heat and let it infuse while cooling. Then strain and use!
My lavender simple syrup is golden due to using raw sugar…
Lavender simple syrup is great in cocktails, lemonade, iced tea and coffee. Yes coffee! I love a lavender latte…even better if you add the lavender simple syrup to your milk before you steam it.
A quick tip about lavender…make sure to snip your sprigs in the morning (before 10 am). Lavender loses its oil in the heat of the day, so if you clip them early your flowers will be much more fragrant. Which works out great because you can make your lavender simple syrup in the morning, starting off the day inhaling its lovely calming scent, and your syrup will be cooled, fragrant and ready by the time cocktail hour comes around!