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The 10 Best Lavender Cocktail Recipes

Lavender’s clean, floral aroma is the perfect way to add a touch of spring or summer to your cocktail. Although it’s usually paired with gin, it can also work surprisingly well with just about every other type of liquor!

a red cocktail in a fancy stemmed glass garnished with blueberries.

Lavender Margarita? Yes, please. Lavender Old Fashioned? So good! Whether you want to use use a lavender simple syrup, a lavender-infused liquor, or even lavender bitters, I’ve got lavender cocktail recipe ideas for you.

If you need a lavender simple syrup recipe, scroll to the bottom for that recipe. Don’t want to make it yourself? Buy a bottle instead.

close up of lavender flowers with two honey bees.

Here are the 10 best lavender cocktails you can easily make at home:

1) Lavender Blueberry Bees Knees

First is my favorite warm weather recipe of the bunch. This fun, vibrant gin sour riffs on the classic gin cocktail with blueberry-infused gin, lavender syrup, lemon, and honey.

The Bees Knees is a classic Prohibition-era drink that combines gin, lemon, and honey for a refreshing, lightly floral, mix of sweet and sour.

While the precise origin of the drink is unknown, it was named after the American slang term for “the best.” And while the original is a true classic, this lavender and blueberry upgrade makes it even better.

pouring a red drink into a cocktail glass from a copper shaker.

I used the Lavender Haze syrup from Hipstirs and it’s a really lovely choice if you don’t want to make your own lavender simple syrup. It’s all natural and it has a gorgeous purple hue from butterfly pea flowers. Store bought lavender syrups can be a bit overpowering or soapy-tasting, but this one is clean and light-tasting.

Other ingredients you’ll need are: frozen blueberries, a lemon, and honey. The blueberry-infused gin takes no time at all when made with frozen berries and it creates a gorgeous hot pink to pinkish red colored gin that looks as good as it tastes.

Close up of a small Hipstirs Lavender Haze Syrup bottle.

You might also enjoy my other blueberry-infused cocktail recipes:

To make the cocktail, first combine your gin of choice with frozen blueberries and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. Strain out the solids and measure out two ounces of blueberry gin.

a mason jar with blueberry infused gin and a strainer full of blueberries.

Add the gin to a cocktail shaker with an ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice, three quarters of an ounce of Lavender Haze syrup, and a quarter to a half ounce of honey syrup.

  • 2 oz blueberry-infused gin
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz Hipstirs Lavender Haze syrup (or homemade lavender simple syrup)
  • 1/4 oz honey syrup

Honey syrup is incredibly easy to make and just requires honey and water. Find full details in my Honey Syrup Recipe.

2) Lavender Ramos Gin Fizz

The Ramos Gin Fizz is a classic New Orleans cocktail that was invented in the 1880s by Henry C. Ramos. It’s a frothy, creamy cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, egg whites, cream, orange flower water, simple syrup, and soda water.

a pale purple drink with tall white foam in a highball glass.

Make an easy floral riff on this gin classic by replacing the simple syrup with lavender syrup. The Ramos Gin Fizz needs quite a bit of shaking to build up that lovely rich foam.

Add even more lavender flavor to your cocktails with Holystone Distilling’s Cerulea Gin, pictured above. It’s lavender-forward and has a gorgeous blue-purple hue thanks to butterfly pea flowers.

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz lavender simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz heavy cream
  • 1 egg white
  • Dash orange flower water
  • Sparkling water

Be sure to first dry shake (shake without ice) all but the sparkling water for at least thirty seconds. Then add ice to the shaker and shake until the ingredients are well chilled. Strain into a chilled Collins or highball glass without ice and top with chilled sparkling water.

Tip: Add one ice cube to the shaker for your dry shake to prevent the shaker tins from popping open from the pressure build up.

3) Lavender Lemon Drop

The Lemon Drop is a citrusy cocktail that’s made with vodka, triple sec (orange liqueur), lemon juice, simple syrup, and a sugared rim. It enjoyed a lot of popularity after Oprah Winfrey made one on television in 2006 and it’s become a staple vodka cocktail in bars all over the world.

a pale yellow cocktail in a coupe glass with small white flowers.

The Lemon Drop’s blend of lemon and orange flavors make it a natural fit to mix with lavender. All you have to do is replace the drink’s simple syrup with lavender simple syrup and you have a knock out lavender vodka cocktail.

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz triple sec
  • 1/2 oz lavender simple syrup

To make the drink, combine two ounces of vodka with one ounce of lemon juice, a half ounce of triple sec, and three quarters of an ounce of lavender simple syrup. Shake the ingredients with ice, then strain into a cocktail glass rimmed with sugar.

4) Lavender Margarita

Lavender and tequila are a match made in heaven! Tequila has unique earthy, citrusy, and herbal notes that work so well with this clean-tasting herb. The classic Margarita is little more than tequila, fresh lime juice, and triple sec.


Add a splash of lavender simple syrup and you have a bright, citrusy tequila cocktail that’s great for celebrating those early days of spring.

  • 2 oz tequila or mezcal
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 3/4 oz triple sec, such as Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz lavender simple syrup

Tip: If you don’t have lavender syrup, try adding the lovely herbal aroma to your next classic or Fresh Strawberry Margarita by topping the finished cocktail with a few dashes of Scrappy’s Lavender Bitters!

5) Lavender Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is the original cocktail, a simple, stoic elixir of whiskey and bitters with a dash of sugar to soften things out. The oils of an orange peel finish the drink, adding citrusy aroma and rounding out any harsh flavors.

The Old Fashioned is a great way to enjoy subtle flavors, so it can work well with infused whiskies. Infuse your whiskey (or cognac, for that matter) with dried food-grade lavender flowers to add layers of complexity to your next OF.

pouring a brown cocktail into a rocks glass.

In addition to creating a lavender-infused whiskey, you can use lavender simple syrup in an Old Fashioned with any whiskey you enjoy. I like to opt for orange bitters (rather than Angostura) when using lavender in an Old Fashioned.

Combine two ounces of whiskey with a quarter ounce of lavender simple syrup and two dashes of orange bitters. Stir the ingredients with ice until very cold, then strain them over fresh ice. Garnish with an expressed orange or lemon peel.

6) Lavender & Earl Grey Brandy Sour

Cognac and other types of brandy are a great choice for mixing with lavender. Brandy is made with grapes and naturally has delicate fruit flavors and aromas that work beautifully with floral flavors.

  • 2 oz brandy
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz earl grey simple syrup*
  • 1 egg white
  • Scrappy’s Lavender Bitters

This recipe combines brandy with an earl grey simple syrup and lemon juice. Add an egg white for creamy foam on top, then garnish then a few drops of fragrant lavender bitters. This cocktail is a dreamy, smooth blend that’s great for happy hour or even for brunch.

Mix two ounces of brandy with three quarters of an ounce of lemon juice, three quarters of an ounce of earl grey simple syrup, and an egg white. Shake the ingredients thoroughly, strain into a coupe glass, then top the fluffy white foam with a few drops of lavender bitters.

*To make the earl grey simple syrup, brew a cup of earl grey tea with 2-3 tea bags instead of 1. After steeping, remove the tea bags and add a cup of sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Store leftovers in a closed container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

7) Lavender Mai Tai

The Mai Tai is a misunderstood cocktail that is made in many different ways. The classic tiki recipe is a fairly simple drink that allows you to really enjoy the flavor of the rums you use.

a close up of a fancy curved whiskey tasting glass filled with an orange tropical cockail.
  • 2 oz aged rum
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1/4 oz lavender simple syrup
  • 1/4 oz orgeat syrup
  • Don’t omit the mint, for garnish!

A classic Mai Tai is made with aged rum (or a blend of rums), fresh lime juice, orgeat (almond) syrup, triple sec, and a splash of simple syrup. The flavors of almond, orange, and lime are excellent paired with lavender. Simply replace a portion of the simple syrup with lavender simple syrup for new layers of flavor.

8) Strawberry Lavender Mojito

Just about everyone loves a refreshing Mojito and this lavender and strawberry flavored one takes the Cuban classic to the next level.

top down view of a pale red cocktail with strawberries and mint
  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 3/4 oz lavender simple syrup
  • 2-3 strawberries
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • Sparkling water

Muddle a few strawberries in a cocktail shaker. Add two ounces of white rum, an ounce of lime juice, three quarters of an ounce of lavender simple syrup, and a handful of mint leaves.

Shake the ingredients with ice and fine strain the liquid into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with chilled sparkling water and garnish with strawberries and mint.

You might also enjoy my Pink Coconut Mojito!

9) Lavender French 75

The French 75 is a cocktail that was supposedly created in 1915 during World War I by Harry MacElhone, the owner of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. The drink is made with gin (or sometimes Cognac), champagne, lemon juice, and sugar, and is often served in a champagne flute.

  • 1 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz lavender simple syrup
  • Top with chilled champagne
topping the drink with chilled sparkling wine.

This delicious bubbly cocktail is exquisite with lavender simple syrup in place of plain simple syrup. Lavender, lemon, and gin are an unbeatably fresh combination and the luxurious effervescence of champagne bubbles make it the most luxurious lavender cocktail of the bunch.

Combine one ounce of gin with a half ounce of lavender simple syrup and a half ounce of fresh lemon juice in a champagne flute. Top with chilled champagne and garnish with a lemon twist or a sprig of fresh lavender.

Tip: chill your gin and lavender syrup ahead of time, if possible, for the best-tasting Lavender French 75.

10) Lavender Lemonade

The most classic lavender drink is simple Lavender Lemonade! Like many of the above recipes, just replace the simple syrup you’d use for regular lemonade with lavender simple syrup.

  • 2 oz spirit of choice (omit and make it a mocktail)
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz lavender simple syrup
  • Chilled still or sparkling water

Lemonade can be make still or sparkling, and adding an ounce or two of any spirit you like transforms this lavender lemonade into a fancy spring or summer cocktail.

pouring carbonated water into a pink drink in a tall glass.

Want more like this? Try my Vintage-Style Lemonade Recipe or my Lilac Gin Lemonade.

To make a glass for one, combine two ounces of your spirit of choice with one ounce of lemon juice and one ounce of lavender simple syrup. Pour the ingredients over ice and top with chilled still or sparkling water. Garnish with a lemon wheel, a sprig of fresh lavender and enjoy!

How to make your own lavender simple syrup

Lavender simple syrup is very easy to make. Combine equal parts water and sugar in a small saucepan, add a sprinkle of dried (food grade) lavender flowers and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and let the liquid cool fully before straining out the flowers. Store the syrup in a closed container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Get my Lavender Simple Syrup Recipe

Find beautifully fragrant, organic dried lavender at Mountain Rose Herbs. I haven’t purchased lavender on Amazon before, but if I find one I like, I’ll add the link.

a jar of pale purple lilac simple syrup.

Learn more about floral simple syrups in my Lilac Simple Syrup Recipe.

You may also enjoy these other spring cocktails:

top down view of a red cocktail garnished with a bee cocktail pick with blueberries.
a red cocktail in a fancy stemmed glass garnished with blueberries.

Lavender Blueberry Bees Knees Cocktail

Amy Traynor
This spring-inspired cocktail riffs on the Prohibition gin classic, the Bees Knees. Make a quick blueberry infusion for your gin of choice, then add lemon, lavender simple syrup, and honey for a satisfyingly sweet and tart floral gin cocktail.
4.10 from 10 votes
Prep Time 3 minutes
Infusion Time 20 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cocktail


  • 1 Cocktail shaker
  • 1 Mason jar with lid
  • 1 Fine mesh strainer


  • 2 oz blueberry-infused gin (infusion instructions below)
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • ¾ oz lavender simple syrup (I used Hipstirs Lavender Haze)
  • ¼ oz honey syrup


  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled about 3/4 with ice.
  • Shake until chilled, then strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with blueberries.


How to Make Blueberry-Infused Gin

To make your blueberry-infused gin, gather your berries, gin, and a mason jar with a lid.
Add ½ cup of blueberries to the jar and cover them with ½-¾ cup of gin. You want to make sure that the berries are completely covered with liquid.
If they aren’t, add more gin. The fun part about infusions is that most don’t really have to be exact measurements. Add some fruit or an herb to a jar, cover with spirit, let steep, strain, and enjoy. It’s that simple.
Next, screw the lid onto your jar and give it a gentle shake. Let the jar sit for anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 days, depending on the flavor and color you want to achieve.
Once the infusion is done, use a fine mesh strainer to remove the berries and either discard them or keep them to use as a garnish for your cocktails.
Gin-soaked berries are the perfect garnish for your Gin and Tonic! Store the infusion berries in the fridge if you do decide to keep them for garnishes, and toss them after a couple of days.
Store any leftover blueberry-infused gin in your mason jar. I like to keep my infusions in the refrigerator, but you don’t have to because of the alcohol.
Infusions like this do keep for a while, but they taste best when they’re fresh. This is why I typically just make small batches like this, rather than infusing an entire bottle of gin.
Keyword bees knees, blueberry, classic cocktails, gin, honey syrup, infusion
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