We jokingly refer to the cocktail du jour aboard our vessel as an "Estrellita" -- as in, "Would you like an Estrellita?". The current batches of Estrellitas are a painstakingly researched reconstruction of my favorite drink from my favorite bar in Colorado Springs, Shugas. We have had plenty of volunteers for the taste testing ;) Shugas calls them lavender martinis and although this is close, their recipe, whatever it is, is slightly better.

Estrellitas (Lavender Martinis)

Lavender simple syrup: In a sauce pan, mix 2 cups of water, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of food grade lavender. Bring to a simmer, stirring the sugar until dissolved. Put on lid, turn off heat but leave on burner and let the mixture cool to room temperature (several hours). Strain out lavender.

Mix the lavender simple syrup with 1 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice and 1 cup of decent gin. Chill completely.

Enjoy! If you make a double batch, half of the lavender simple syrup can also be added to one gallon of iced black tea.

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