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 cocktail makes for a fun and challenging DIY project

Photo Courtesy of Inked Fingers

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

egg white

Roasted Beet Shrub

1 red beet

1/2 cup water

2/3 cup sugar

apple cider vinegar

balsamic vinegar

Lavender Syrup

1 cup lavender petals

3 cups water

3 cups sugar



  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake for 10 seconds.
  3. Strain into another shaking vessel and discard ice.
  4. Do another dry shake (without ice) for froth it.
  5. Double strain into a coup.

Roasted Beet Shrub

  1. Cut off the bottom (root) end of the red beet.
  2. 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.
  3. Place beet in the oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
  4. 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).
  5. Add 2/3 cup of sugar and ferment it for three days. Be sure to agitate (shake) the jar daily.
  6. On the third day of fermentation, strain the liquid into a measuring cup.
  7. 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.
  8. Add 1/8 of a cup of balsamic vinegar for every 4 cups of apple cider vinegar/fermentation mixture.

Lavender Syrup

  1. Combine lavender petals, sugar, and water in a pot.
  2. Simmer for 20 minutes.



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