The Color Purple ~

 It started with this beautiful

French find.  A Parisian

silver cruet, turned

tiny vase…at our

Easter table.

So pretty, filled with

a small nosegay of fragrant purple freesias.

I love the posh silver against the

shabby, French wooden

bottle carrier.  Our old style,

champagne glasses seem right at home. But it doesn’t

stop there. Our vintage crystal and the

purple palette inspired this gorgeous palate pleasing

drink concoction. I call it my

Lavender Martini-Drop.

This lavender libation is so fun, especially in

these old school glasses.

It’s an icy mix of quick,

homemade vanilla

vodka, lavender simple syrup and

Parfait Amour. The Parfait amour, is mostly, for it’s lovely

color. It has long been popular in

ladies drinks. This brand is made from Spanish oranges…

How can that be wrong?

With a splash of fresh Meyer lemon juice and a

 sprinkling of zest plus, lemon juice and

lavender sugar to

sweeten the rim….well, it’s lavender

heaven in a glass.

If it were summer, I would SO garnish this drink with

a sprig of lavender clipped from our garden wall.



Monica’s Lavender Martini Drop


1.5 oz vanilla vodka

  (I make my own with one vanilla bean…scrape the seeds.

Add seeds and pod to

3 oz. good vodka. (That way you’ll have leftovers…)

Let sit for 15 minutes

and strain…a few seeds will remain…go with it.

One ounce of Parfait Amour…seriously,

look at this color!

 A nice splash of fresh lemon juice

1 scant ounce lavender syrup

I make my own. One part superfine sugar to two

parts water…

simmer on stove top until sugar

dissolves. Remove from heat and add one

teaspoon or so of organic lavender .

Let it hang out for a while, then strain.

Add it all to a shaker, filled with ice.

Shake & serve.

Chill the glasses ahead of time if you like.

 Don’t forget to use Meyer lemon zest for garnish

and Meyer lemon juice and lavender sugar to coat the rim