High Violet Cocktail Recipe with Lavender Simple Syrup

After mixing up the lavender simple syrup, it was time to find a recipe to test it out. Enter the High Violet, a tasty summer treat from Madison, Wisconsin’s craft cocktail bar, Merchant, which was featured in a recent issue of Imbibe magazine.

The resulting cocktail is highly sippable, light and floral. I ended up using a newly acquired bottle of Hudson Baby Bourbon and  as a special treat, finally found a great recipe to test out the fancy manuka doctor honey we got at last year’s Food Bloggers conference, which added a bit of lushness to the cocktail. Manuka Doctor Honey is 100% pure honey made by bees who have fed on New Zealand’s Manuka Flower. Don’t have fancy honey? Any kind will do.


  • 2 oz Hudson Baby Bourbon (or your favorite Bourbon)
  • 3/4 oz Lavender Simple Syrup (recipe here)
  • 1/4 oz Manuka Doctor Honey
  • 3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 strawberries + optional for garnish


  1. Muddle strawberries in cocktail shaker
  2. Add honey, lemon juice, lavender simple syrup and bourbon, add ice and shake vigorously
  3. Double strain into a mason-style jar filled with ice. Double strain by using cocktail strainer and a fine mesh strainer or tea  strainer, this will keep strawberry bits and ice chips out of your drink.
  4. Optional: Garnish with strawberry


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