Lavender Slip

The Lavender Slip is a pink, frothy cocktail garnished with lavender flowers.

Around this time, I really began experimenting with egg whites; I like the way they instantly add class and elegance to a cocktail by changing the way it looks in the glass, and feels in your mouth.

Little did I know that there is a name for a frothy cocktail (such as one with egg whites): a flip.

Flip Cocktails

The tricky thing about working with egg whites is that they have to be shaken *enough* or it’ll be really gross, if not even unhealthy. As much as I believe I have an invincible constitution (I still proudly eat raw cookie dough, for example, when there happens to be any in the house) I completely go to pieces over undercooked eggs. (They’re hidden in cookie dough, you see, so no problems there!).

To avoid a slimy cocktail, you can either go to town on shaking that mixture, or use a blender. To be safe, and because I know that my arms would get tired, I use a blender.

Egg whites and the “dry shake”

Here’s how to do it: you need a “dry shake” of the cocktail to sufficiently mix up the egg whites, before you add the ice to the cocktail shaker. All the cocktail ingredients, except the ice, are included in this dry shake. By hand, that could mean two minutes of really vigorous shaking; in a blender, I give it 20 seconds. The wet shake, the one with the ice, is normal, and is enough to chill the drink, break up the ice a bit…the usual drill.

A note about sugar:

Because Elizabeth doesn’t like eating sugar, though I object to the way her preferred monk fruit crystallizes way too soon, I began experimenting with cutting the amount of sugar. This also works for us because we don’t usually love super-sweet drinks.

This drink not only looked carefree and elegant, but it tasted great too! (Lemon juice helps with that when working with egg whites; sometimes the whites, if left to their own devices, can overtake the other ingredients with a bit of an off-putting aroma of “slightly wet dog”. I mean, we’re dog lovers, we get it, but no one wants to bring that aroma – however slight indeed – to their lips!). Muddled strawberries and lavender simple syrup (another common theme lately) gave a fresh, sweet taste, though not cloyingly so.

Note that there’s an unusually-shaped bit of ice in the photo above; it’s from a bag of party ice and looks like an odd garnish, but no, it’s just a rounded ice cube.

Naming our drinks has become a fun way to cap off the creative process. While this one begged to be called “Lavender Menace” it doesn’t look menacing at all (maybe we’ll be able to use that one down the line, who knows?). I settled on “Lavender Slip” because of this simple formula, which is basically the same way the cocktail was created: Lavender + Strawberries + Flip = Lavender Slip.

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. Gin

  • Muddled strawberries (6 – 8 or to taste)

  • 1 egg white (for 2 cocktails)

  • 2 oz. Lavender Simple Syrup

  • Just a bit of lemon juice (complements the egg whites)

  • Lavender Simple Syrup
  • 1 c. Water

  • 3/4 c. Sugar

  • Small handful of Lavender Flowers (dry or fresh – I picked both)

Directions

  • Lavender Simple Syrup
  • Make ahead if you can, so the syrup has time to cool. This could mean earlier in the afternoon, in time for happy hour, or even a few days ahead. However, if you use monk fruit, this isn’t the case and it’s a tricky balancing act because the more it cools (even with the ice in your drink) the more the mixture wants to crystallize. Either way, boil sugar, water and lavender on the stove, and stir until the sugar dissolves. Turn off the heat and let the mixture steep while it cools. Strain to remove lavender; the finer the strain, the better: I tend to finish with a paper towel skimmed over the top to collect additional particles.
  • Muddle berries at the bottom of the cocktail shaker – no ice yet.
  • Separate an egg yolk from the white (and keep the yolk for something else)
  • Dry Shake
  • Put all ingredients – but no ice – in a blender; blend for 15 – 20 seconds. You’ll see it get lighter and frothier, and this is perfect.
  • Wet Shake
  • Pour the blended mixture into a cocktail shaker; add ice, then shake until satisfied. Pour over ice in lowball glasses (a coupe with no ice would work too).
  • Garnish with a few lavender flowers and enjoy!
Enjoyed on August 5

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