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Endless Summer

by Josh Johnson

Disclosure: This sponsored post is brought to you by Finlandia, the vodka of choice in my house, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Must be 21 or older to consume alcohol and remember to please drink responsibly.

vodka cocktails, finlandia vodka, lavender simple syrup, lavender cocktails, the kentucky gentIf you follow me on Instagram then you have more than likely seen me post about Silver Dollar at least a dozen times. What can I say I love the place. The staff is incredible, and it feels like home – in the best way possible. And their food? It’s the best kind of comfort food there is. The true star though? Their cocktail menu, and that is actually what inspired today’s cocktail post.

See they rotate their cocktail menu seasonally, and while the majority of them change from year to year – the crowd favorites stick around. Today I’m sharing my riff on one of those favorites. The perfect crisp and refreshing cocktail for the remaining days of summer, aptly dubbed Endless Summer. This guy has been on constant repeat at my house lately – especially for those long days spent by the pool. It’s a refreshing lavender vodka cocktail that I simply cannot get enough of.

To further sweeten the deal there are only three ingredients in the cocktail. Yes, you read that right. Quick, easy, and delicious! Meaning that it’s the perfect thing to serve your friends by the pool or with a weekend brunch. Serving this up next to bright breakfast tacos? Yum, sign me up. My mouth is already watering.

Not to mention, it’s gotten my mom’s seal of approval, and she’s not the biggest drinker. In other words, it’s practically guaranteed to be a crowd favorite. Why? For a few reasons. Namely nothing screams summer like a refreshing vodka cocktail, especially when it’s paired with something season appropriate like a lavender syrup. Secondly, because it’s a quick and easy cocktail that’ll have your friends thinking you spent hours prepping. When in reality the longest part of the process is crafting the syrup. Speaking of that syrup, it’s also amazing to drizzle on things like pancakes or as a sweetener in your iced coffee. So word to the wise: double the batch and store in your fridge to sweeten up everything else in your life.

Finlandia Vodka is the perfect companion for summertime events, holidays, and anytime you’ve got a crowd to entertain. During the warmer months my bar cart is constantly stocked with at least one bottle of Finlandia. Their classic vodka is my favorite for mixed drinks, and their flavored varieties, like my new favorite Grapefruit, are ready to drink with a splash of soda water and fresh fruit. So now it’s your turn to get it on the action! Grab the recipe for my Endless Summer cocktail below and try it out for yourselves.

Endless Summer
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Lavender Syrup
  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 2-3 tbsp. dried lavender or 1 tbsp. fresh lavender
Endless Summer
  1. 2 oz. Finlandia Vodka
  2. 1 ½ oz. Lavender Syrup
  3. ½ oz. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
Lavender Syrup
  1. Combine water, sugar, and lavender in medium sized saucepan on stove. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, and then allow to simmer over low heat for 15 minutes. Pour syrup through fine mesh strainer into a sealable container and allow to cool to room temperature.
Endless Summer
  1. Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice, shake to combine, and then pour through fine mesh strainer into prepared cocktail glass.
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