Bartender Katie Loeb created this cocktail for the 2008 Bluecoat Battle of the Bartenders, hosted by Philadelphia Distilling.
2 ½ oz. Bluecoat gin
1 oz. Lillet
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. lavender simple syrup
2 dashes Fee Brothers lemon or grapefruit bitters
Tools: shaker, strainer
Garnish: thick lemon twist
Shake ingredients and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a fat lemon twist that has had the oils expressed over the cocktail.
Lavender Simple Syrup
1/4 cup dried lavender
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Bruise lavender in plastic bag with a rolling pin. Add sugar to water and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add bruised lavender leaves and simmer for 5–10 minutes. Cool slightly. Buzz through the blender (hold a kitchen towel over the lid so it doesn't explode). Cool overnight and strain into a bottle. Keeps for 4 weeks refrigerated.
Katie Loeb, Chick’s Café & Wine Bar, Philadelphia