Tomorrow is National Martini Day and in celebration, Unconditionally Her wanted to share a lovely cocktail recipe we first found on Food and Wine.  We took their recipe and made a few changes.  We also found at a Farmers Market a lavender sea-salt mix we used for the rim.  The salty taste balanced the sweetest of the martini.  It might take a moment to make this cocktail, but with National Martini Day, we promise you it’s worth it.

 

Lavender Blueberry Martini

 

3/4  pound blueberries

1 cup Simple Syrup

1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

1/2 ounce Contreau

Ice

9 ounces vodka

4 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice

1 1/2 ounces Lavender Syrup (available at specialty store or Amazon)

6 fresh lavender sprigs

Fresh dried lavender

Sea Salt

 

Directions

 

In a medium saucepan, combine the blueberries with the Simple Syrup and lemon juice. Cook over moderately high heat until the berry skins darken, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain the berries, reserving the syrup. In a pitcher, combine the berries, half the syrup and all of the remaining ingredients except the lavender sprigs. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.

 

Take your fresh dried lavender and mix a generous helping of sea salt. Take the remaining lime peels and use for the rim then dip in the lavender/sea salt mixture.

 

Shake/Stir the drink and strain into 6 chilled martini glasses.

 

Garnish with the lavender sprigs.