This Lavender Grapefruit Martini is a fresh and flavorful cocktail, just right for welcoming spring.

This Lavender Grapefruit Martini is a fresh and flavorful cocktail, just right for welcoming spring.

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With the approach of spring, my mind has been turning to all the fresh ingredients that come along with it.  Mind you, I have to look at a calendar to know that spring is approaching, as Houston was entirely without winter this year.  Regardless, the jasmine and azaleas blooming made me think of another, more edible flower: lavender.

Back when Liz lived in New York, there was a great bar just down the street from her apartment called Dove Parlour.  Sadly, it has since closed, but we think of it quite fondly.  It had this dark, almost speakeasy feel, and was the sort of place that felt entirely natural to order fancy cocktails and once, even absinthe.  Of course, they don’t make it with hallucinogenic wormwood anymore, so it’s not as fun, but I digress.  One of their signature cocktails was the “French Lavender,” and I might go so far as to call it Liz’s favorite cocktail in all of NYC.  So this is our homage to that drink: a lavender grapefruit martini.

This Lavender Grapefruit Martini is a fresh and flavorful cocktail, just right for welcoming spring.

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