Recipe by Colleen Jeffers
An Easter brunch cocktail that’s as easy as it is pretty, because impressing guests with minimal effort is always the goal.
I created this super minimal recipe with Easter Brunch in mind. If you’re running around the kitchen like I always am, panicking that your ambitious frittata will be stone cold by the time you finish artfully garnishing your avocado toasts, you need a drink that’s hard to mess up. You also want said hard-to-mess-up drink to be just as tasty and impressive as everything else you’re serving. I’m here to tell you it can be done, and it can be done with… drumroll please… ONLY. TWO. INGREDIENTS!
The cocktail itself was inspired by one of my favourite breakfast/brunch items: brûléed grapefruit. I love when the garnish is also a yummy snack (ala Bloody Mary). The bitter notes of grapefruit give it great balance in cocktails, so I simply gave the easiest grapefruit cocktail in the books — the Greyhound — a seasonal update with a lavender infusion. Lavender + grapefruit is one of the most light, refreshing, complex combos you can put together for spring, and this is the easiest way to do it.
Prep Time: 3 Hours
Cook Time: 1 Minute
Serving: 1-10 Portions
• 1.5 oz lavender infused vodka (per guest)
• 4-6 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice (per guest)
For the lavender infused vodka, add 4 tbsp dried culinary lavender to 2 cups of vodka. Cover and let sit for three hours, stirring occasionally. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth or a nut milk bag and store in the fridge.
For the brûléed grapefruit garnish, sprinkle a thin coating of sugar onto grapefruit slices, then place under a broiler on high. Let broil until the sugar bubbles and edges blacken. Remove from oven and slice each round down the middle (so you have half a slice for each drink).
For each cocktail, pour 1.5 oz of the infused vodka into an ice filled glass, then top with 4-6 oz of fresh grapefruit juice to taste. Stir in glass, then garnish with fresh lavender and a brûléed grapefruit slice.
Make sure you squeeze your own grapefruit juice. In a two ingredient cocktail, the quality of both ingredients is crucial.