Cocktails & Apéritifs, Elysium, Fall, Vya Extra Dry, Winter

Watch out for Purple Poison! Delicious, spooky, purple fun on Halloween. Elysium and lemon juice mask the vodka. Tarragon and lavender add savory and floral notes…leading you deep into a secret garden of delight. Recipe below is for four people.

8 oz vodka
4 oz Elysium
1 oz Vya Extra Dry
1 oz tarragon-lavender simple syrup (recipe follows)
1 oz fresh lemon juice
2 sprigs tarragon and lavender
12 blackberries

Tarragon/lavender simple syrup: Place 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat until it reaches a low boil. Add 2 sprigs of fresh Tarragon and ½ tsp dried lavender. Reduce the heat to low and stir occasionally. With a small mesh strainer, separate the fresh tarragon and dried lavender from the liquid syrup and allow to cool.

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice. Combine ingredients. Shake vigorously. Garnish: String 3 fresh blackberries on the stem of a lavender sprig. Rest garnish over the rim of your martini glass.

For a little extra Halloween fun, rim your glass with purple sugar first. Purple Sugar: Place sugar in a bowl. Add 4-8 drops of food coloring (depending on color preference) Mix together using a fork. Add more color or sugar to adjust the depth of color. Once satisfied with the color, lay your purple sugar out on a plate to dry. Rimming your martini glass: Wet the outside rim of the martini glass with Elysium. Hold the glass parallel to the plate of sugar. Dab the rim into the sugar while slowly turning the glass so that only the outer edge is covered. Shake off any excess sugar. Fill your glass and garnish.

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