Cocktail Party: California Bubble Bath

I’m enjoying a delicious cocktail while watching the Oscars Red Carpet, and I couldn’t wait to share this recipe! The lavender simple syrup makes the drink sweet and fragrant, but the Cynar adds an opposing earthy and bitter balance. If you don’t have Cynar on hand, I’m sure a few dashes of bitters (lavender bitters?) would be equally delicious.

California Bubble Bath (from the book The American Cocktail from the editors of Imbibe Magazine):
2 parts bourbon
3/4 part lavender simple syrup
3/4 part lemon juice
Ice
1/2 part Cynar
Shake bourbon, lavender simple syrup and lemon juice over ice and strain into a coupe glass.  Top with Cynar.
Lavender simple syrup: Bring 3/4 cup water to a boil.  Add 2 tbsp dried culinary grade organic lavender and 3/4 cup sugar, and continue to boil until sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat and allow to steep for at least 15 minutes.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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4 thoughts on “Cocktail Party: California Bubble Bath

  1. Cynar sounds delicious in this cocktail, but I don’t know where to find it. Where is the best plaxe in Brooklyn to buy Cynar?  Also, what type of bourbon do you typically use?

    1. Hi Sondra,

      I had a delicious hot toddy with Cynar recently, so Cynar was on my mind when I stopped in Natural Wine Co in Williamsburg http://www.naturalwine.com/. I decided to take a bottle home and see what I could make. If you can’t find Cynar in your local stores, a few dashes of bitters should do the trick. For bourbon cocktails, I like Four Roses Bourbon. Enjoy!

      Cathy & Erika

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