Cocktails on the Croft | A Jane Austen Themed Lavender & Gin

Life’s Not Fairfax

Living alone, I do far too little drinking.  Somehow, drinking alone at home feels vaguely unseemly to me and I’ve decided I’ve got to nip that nonsense in the bud!  So once a month or maybe every couple of weeks I’m going to try a new mixed drink….and maybe some old favorites, too.  I’m also going to try to use some harvested or foraged goods from the croft as much as possible.  What good is having an acreage if it can’t get you drunk?!? Heh, heh *awkward laugh*

How do you feel about lavender in food and drink?

I absolutely love the scent of lavender but I’m not sure how I feel about it as something to ingest. I DO know that I 100% adore Jane Austen and I am willing to try anything associated with her name. In this case, it’s a cocktail inspired by her book Emma, called Life’s Not Fairfax, referring to the annoyingly perfect and virtuous Jane Fairfax of whom Emma is viciously jealous!

Here’s the recipe (my source: The Vegan Atlas):

Lavender Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp edible lavender flowers
Lavender Simple Syrup (makes a bit more than a half pint)
For Each Cocktail
I’ve really got to figure out a more scenic place to stage photos
  • 2 ounces gin (I used Tanqueray- my fave)
  • 1 ounce lavender syrup
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Sparkling Rose`
  • Ice
  • Lavender and Mint sprigs
It’s Steeping! I used a few sprigs of my lavender in the herb garden but there wasn’t enough so I borrowed from my dried supplies.
  1. Make Lavender Syrup: Boil water and sugar together until sugar desolves. Remove from heat and add lavender. Steep for 20 minutes than strain out lavender and put syrup in an airtight container. Syrup can be stored in fridge for 2 weeks. NOTE: This makes WAY more syrup than needed for a cocktail or even three so be prepared to have other uses for it! I think I’ll be making some lavender lemonade.
  2. In shaker filled with ice combine the gin, syrup, and lemon juice. Shake and then pour into an ice filled glass.
  3. Top with the Rose`. Add mint and lavender sprigs. Or just mint sprig if that’s what you got. Or really nothing. It looks nice but did not add to the taste. Drink with a straw – reusable or recyclable of course.
Look at that Lovely!

My Verdict

Wow! So it turns out I like a bit of lavender with my gin! This was very tasty! I went in thinking, so this drink is basically a lavender lemonade with gin, maybe some added sparkle from the Rose`? Actually the lemon doesn’t add a lot of flavor, just some brightness. The lavender taste is in there but it’s very subtle and not at all overpowering. It goes very well with the gin which isn’t surprising since it has an evergreeny/juniper quality to it.

Bottom line is that I really loved this! A little more work than I generally would want and the Rose` was expensive ($16/bottle) but thankfully it turns out I like a sparkling Rose`! Life’s Not Fairfax is light and bright and summery so maybe not the best drink to toast on the first day of fall but *shrug*. I also wear white after labor day (Just kidding. I never wear white). Loved the fizz added by the Rose`. And it is somewhat reminiscent of Jane Fairfax… a little too perfect but not too much complexity.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

4.5 out of 5 stars! I subtracted half star for the work and the expensive sparkling wine.

Book Recommendation

I love books and reading, so I can’t resist including a book recommendation with each post. The book will, in some way, correspond to the post.

The original source for this drink recipe is actually an adorable little book called Gin Austen: 50 Cocktails to celebrate the novels of Jane Austen. I actually bought this book on first sight and stared at it adoringly for over a year. As I mentioned I don’t drink enough, hence this series. So when Covid came and my dear friend and her partner were on a cocktail kick, I decided her need was greater than mine and sent it along to her. And then later found this recipe from the book online and made it! Great story, huh?

Point is this would be a delightful gift for any Jane Austen loving boozers among your acquaintance! Click the cover below if you want to check it out more.

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