Lavender adds hint of floral flavor to summer cocktails

Sprigs of fresh lavender are dotting martini glasses and being infused in liqueurs as creative mixologists look for inventive ways to use the bold botanical. Tristan Stephenson, co-owner of Worship Street Whistling Shop in London, said he "liked the idea of coupling lavender with scotch, since it would draw out some of the delicate floral notes of the whisky. All too often, lavender is used in the wrong way and either becomes sickly-floral or astringent. By infusing it sous vide we were able to extract exactly the right levels of aromatics for a balanced drink."

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