Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Whether you’re attached and want to impress your partner or are single and need a drink, Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday to try your hand at some DIY.
The Peached Tortilla: Violet’s Dream
This sumptuous cocktail from Kevin Kok of The Peached Tortilla is as indulgent as it gets. This vodka-based drink uses beet shrub, lavender and egg white to create a frothy well-balanced libation. Plus, the color is out of this world!
You can purchase beet shrub and lavender syrup at a specialty liquor store, but we recommend you DIY. Just plan a few days in advance. Your partner will be so impressed by this boozy labor of love!
Recipe courtesy of The Peached Tortilla
2 oz vodka
3/4 oz roasted beet shrub
1/2 oz lavender syrup
1/2 oz lemon juice
Roasted Beet Shrub
1 red beet
1/2 cup water
2/3 cup sugar
apple cider vinegar
1 cup lavender petals
3 cups water
3 cups sugar
- Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice.
- Shake for 10 seconds.
- Strain into another shaking vessel and discard ice.
- Do another dry shake (without ice) for froth it.
- Double strain into a coup.
Roasted Beet Shrub
- Cut off the bottom (root) end of the red beet.
- Place beet in a metal container, add 1/2 cup of water and cover with tinfoil. Do not completely submerge the beet in the water.
- Place beet in the oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
- Remove from the beet from oven and let it cool. Remove the skin and place the beet in a food processor to break it up (but don’t puree it).
- Add 2/3 cup of sugar and ferment it for three days. Be sure to agitate (shake) the jar daily.
- On the third day of fermentation, strain the liquid into a measuring cup.
- Match the amount of liquid strained with equal parts apple cider vinegar. For example, if you strained out 2 cups of fermented liquid, then you would add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar.
- Add 1/8 of a cup of balsamic vinegar for every 4 cups of apple cider vinegar/fermentation mixture.
- Combine lavender petals, sugar, and water in a pot.
- Simmer for 20 minutes.