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The Lavandou: A Honey Lavender Cocktail

I’m obsessed with lavender!  From devouring lavender ice cream to pouring lavender-scented bleach in my laundry–and everything in between–I guess it’s safe to say I’m smitten.  It’s even my favorite color!

I visited Croatia in June and they were selling lavender honey on every other corner. Knowing I had some waiting for me at home in California, I neglected to indulge in my lavender ideé fixe.

When I’m craving something sweet I love to use lavender honey because it’s much healthier than most desserts. Honey has so many health benefits and it’s also the most nutritious sugar substitute! I usually drizzle it over yogurt mixed with some fruit. Sometimes I spread cream cheese on toast and top it off with a little lavender honey, too!  Recently, I’ve wanted to discover more ways to use lavender.

After doing some research, I discovered a man named Romee de Goriainoff. He was a french bartender who must’ve loved lavender, too. Inspired by the many lavish fields of lavender in the South of France, he created a delicious cocktail: The Lavandou.

If I’m not working on Friday nights, I love to enjoy a good craft cocktail. Sometimes, we go out and other times my girlfriends and I experiment at home. This past Friday, we decided to try making a cocktail with the lavender honey.

The deep fruity flavors of cognac with the fragrant and floral lavender honey is a combination so brilliant, you’ll have a hard time putting your glass down. With only three ingredients and relatively simple measurements, this craft cocktail is actually easy to make. The weekend is a time for relaxing, so take a sip, close your eyes and imagine yourself in the midst of the beautiful Lavender fields of Provence.


Preparation Time: 5 mins


Ingredients for one serving

2 oz. Cognac
1 oz. lemon juice
3/4 oz. lavender honey
1 lavender sprig


  1. Combine Cognac, lemon juice and lavender honey in a pint glass.
  2. Fill with ice and stir well for 15 seconds.
  3. Strain and pour over ice into your favorite cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a lavender sprig and enjoy.

Cheers!



From West Hollywood to Hermosa Beach to Los Feliz – Genna is from all over Los Angeles. She is passionate about fashion, film and food. She’s been to six countries in Europe and loves the cuisine and culture. She enjoys making dinner for friends, watching horror films and drinking good wine.

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