Spring is in the air! As such, it’s only fitting to create a cocktail for the occasion. What to make, though? Something floral, something fruity, something light…
I have been looking forward to using the Lavender Simple Syrup I made a few weeks ago in a new cocktail so I did a quick survey of our liquor cabinet to see what I thought would pair well with it. The maraschino liqueur jumped out at me right away—cherries and lavender seemed like a lovely combination. To keep it light, I thought vodka would do the trick. We have this bottle of buffalo grass infused vodka called Zubrowka that we’ve had for years and never seem to use because it’s herbal flavor doesn’t always match other drinks. But, for a springtime cocktail, it seemed just right. To accent the cherry flavor a bit, I incorporated a few sour cherries and a touch of the syrup they were preserved in. This added a nice fruitiness as well as a delightful red hue. I used an Italian variety of sour cherries I found at the nearby Union Market although I’m sure that any quality cherries would do.
La Primavera isn’t for everyone, but more than a few tasters found it’s big, distinctive flavor and bright red color palate-pleasing and addictive. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
- 2 oz. vodka (Zubrowka is nice but not necessary)
- 1 oz. maraschino liqueur
- 1 oz. lavender simple syrup
- sour cherries packed in syrup (garnish)
- dash of sour cherry syrup
- splash of seltzer
- Measure vodka, maraschino liqueur and lavender simple syrup in a mixing glass. Add a dash of sour cherry syrup. Stir to combine. Pour over ice into an old fashioned glass.
- Add a splash of seltzer to taste and stir gently to incorporate.
- Spear 3 sour cherries onto a toothpick. Drop into the cocktail as a garnish.
Yield: 1 drink