Violet Eyes (Lavender Coconut Vodka Sour)

A sour cocktail made with lavender-infused vodka and coconut milk.

The “prosecco summer cocktails” are a perfect way to enjoy the summer weather. This cocktail is made with prosecco, lavender and coconut vodka.

Making this lavender coconut vodka sour was a lot of fun.

Following the popularity of The Ginger Rogers, a grapefruit and ginger drink I created in honor of the legendary dancer, I decided to launch a mini-series of cocktail names inspired by renowned classical ladies. The Violet Eyes drink is named after the one and only Elizabeth Taylor, who is said to have possessed violet pupils. That’s what pop culture tells me, at least. 

I was delighted with the outcome of my vodka sour. I’ve collaborated on this piece with my wonderful friends at Absolut, and I’m a major admirer of their newest vodka, Absolut Elyx. It’s a high-end vodka that’s been distilled in copper barrels for a crisp, silky flavor. It complemented the flowery and tropical aromas of lavender and coconut water nicely. And I enjoyed the addition of coconut water to my drink. It was light and pleasant, and it was ideal for long summer evenings.

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What goes into making a vodka sour?

A vodka sour is traditionally made with simple syrup, vodka, and either lemon or lime juice. To produce a real vodka sour, bitters or other flavorings are sometimes added, but those three primary components are necessary. For an added blast of freshness, I tweaked the traditional vodka sour recipe by infusing the simple syrup with lavender and coconut water. To make this drink foamy, I added a little egg white.

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Is it okay to consume egg white cocktails?

Yes, egg white in a drink, for those of you who are scratching your heads. It’s very incredible. Egg whites give this vodka sour a thick, foamy texture when mixed with the other components, making it seem richer than it is. Plus, the lemon’s acidity neutralizes any germs from the egg white, making it completely safe to consume. In fact, egg whites are used in all whiskey sours to create that wonderful froth.

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How to create a sour using lavender coconut vodka

This drink comes together in less than 5 minutes after you’ve prepared the lavender simple syrup. Anyone can mix a Violet Eyes drink, but having a cocktail shaker on hand is a must. To produce Violet Eyes, you’ll need to do the following:

Make the simple syrup – Simple syrup is made by simmering equal parts water and sugar until the sugar dissolves. To add a flowery note to the simple syrup, I added a few teaspoons of dried lavender.

Make the drink — In a cocktail shaker, combine the simple syrup, Absolut Elyx, lemon juice, coconut water, and egg white. Shake until frothy. To make my vodka sour extra gorgeous, I garnished it with edible flowers and dried lavender.

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The recipe below feeds one person, but it may easily be doubled or tripled to produce a complete round of drinks. Cheers!

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Ingredients

for the simple lavender syrup

  • a quarter cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 tbsp. lavender flowers, dried

for the remainder!

  • 1/2 ounces plain lavender syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounces Elyx Absolute
  • coconut water, 1 ounce
  • 1/3 of an egg white
  • 1 tblsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Combine sugar, water, and lavender in a small saucepan over medium heat. Allow to come to a boil, then lower to a low heat and continue to cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and let aside to cool slightly before straining out the lavender buds using a strainer.
  3. Ice should be added to a cocktail shaker. Combine 1/2 oz. simple syrup, Absolut Elyx, coconut water, egg white, and lemon juice in a mixing bowl. Shake until the mixture is foamy, then strain into a coupe glass. Add edible flowers or extra dried lavender on top.

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Absolut Elyx is the sponsor of this content. All content and thoughts are all mine. Thank you for helping to make Broma a reality by supporting the businesses that make it possible!

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The “holiday cocktail for party” is a refreshing drink that can be made with vodka, coconut water and lavender.

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