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A lemon lavender vodka cocktail is an iconic spring cocktail which is delicate, aromatic and unusual. This beautiful drink is easy to put together and makes a wonderful spring cocktail. If you’re considering a pitcher of martinis to say cheers to spring, this craft cocktail is sure to wow at any kind of party and special occasion.

A lavendar cocktail with lemon in glasses.

This gorgeous purple drink with contrasting yellow lemon slices is sure to make everyone want a glass. This lemon lavender vodka cocktail is simple to make yet seriously impressive to see and sip.

If you like this you might like to try other cocktails such as coconut margarita, black cherry vodka sours or any of these St Patrick’s Day drinks!

A tall pitcher full of a lemon lavender vodka cocktail.

Why You’ll Love This

  • Simple:  You can make this lavender martini ahead of time, preparing all the components. Making a craft cocktail has never been this straightforward.
  • Delicious:  The flavours of lemon and lavender are wonderful together, making this an ideal drink to serve at baby showers, wedding showers, summer BBQs, and more besides.
  • Impressive:  If you wait until your guests are watching to add the lemon to the simple syrup, they can see the mixture change from blue to purple. So, they get magic as well as a great cocktail!
A cocktail glass with a lemon lavender martini cocktail made with vodka and limoncello.

Lavender Martini Ingredients

There are a few components you’re going to need to make this lavender lemonade cocktail. However, if you like to make cocktails, you might find you already have many of them.

Ingredients for a lavendar cocktail made with elderflower vodka, lemon vodka and limoncello liqueur.

For the homemade lavender syrup, you will need dried lavender buds, butterfly pea flowers, water, and sugar. For the martini pitcher recipe (or to make individual drinks in a martini glass), you will need Saint Germaine elderflower vodka, lemon vodka, limoncello (try my homemade limoncello), freshly squeezed lemon juice, lemon slices and some lavender syrup.

A lavendar cocktail with lemon in glasses.

How to Make this Colour Changing Cocktail

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Start the lavender syrup:  Boil the water and sugar.
Cook the lavender syrup:  Add the lavender flowers and butterfly pea flowers and simmer.
Finish the lavender simple syrup:  Cover and steep, then transfer into a mason jar to cool completely.
Assemble the cocktail:  Add lemon to the cooled syrup, then mix with all the other ingredients in a pitcher or a cocktail glass. No cocktail shaker is needed. Garnish with a lemon slice.

A cocktail glass with a lemon lavender martini cocktail made with vodka and limoncello.

Substitutions and Variations

You don’t have to use brand-name vodka if you have a preferred alternative. Even plain vodka with an extra squeeze of lemon would work. Of course, another idea is to sub gin for the vodka if that’s your preference.

Close up of a tall pitcher full of a lemon lavender vodka cocktail.

You can also buy readymade lavender syrup (here) if you want a shortcut or can’t find all the ingredients to make your own. Not only is it tasty, but it’s versatile, too, since you can add it to tea and lattes or drizzle it over ice cream.

Change the garnish with a lemon wheel and a bit of fresh lavender flower or a lavender sprig on top of the martini’s surface. You could even rim the glass with some lavender sugar.

Overhead close view of a lavender lemon martini cocktail.

If you’re looking for a mocktail version, you will love this colour changing lemonade. You get all the flavour without the alcohol content.

A cocktail glass with a lemon lavender cocktail.

What to Serve with a Lavender Martini

This aromatic cocktail party drink is the perfect way to kick off any kind of party or get-together. The fun colour makes it a great addition to any wedding shower or baby shower (and don’t forget to play the baby shower mad libs). Additionally, consider serving it with tasty snacks such as jalapeno popcorn or cowboy caviar.

A cocktail glass with a lavender martini cocktail vodka and limoncello.

Storage Instructions

  • Store:  You can prepare the syrup a day ahead and keep it refrigerated, but don’t prepare the cocktails until it’s time to serve them.
  • Freeze:  This recipe isn’t a great candidate for freezing, so it’s best made and served fresh.
Overhead view of a lavendar cocktail with lemon in glasses.

Lavender Lemon Drop Martinis FAQs

Where do I get the lavender and butterfly pea flowers?

You need culinary lavender buds, which is safe to consume. You can find that at some farmers’ markets and online ordering. As for butterfly pea flowers, you can order those online as well.

Why does the lemon change the cocktail from blue to purple?

The butterfly pea flowers are the secret behind the colour change. I like to prepare the lavender syrup ahead so I can add the lemon and change the colour of this lemon lavender martini while people are watching, and they always love it!

Lavendar simple syrup in a jar.

Lemon Lavender Cocktail Recipe

5 from 5 votes

Lemon Lavender Vodka Cocktail

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Sip into spring with a delicate and aromatic lemon lavender vodka cocktail. Easy to make and perfect for any occasion, it's sure to impress.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


Lavender Simple Syrup

  • 3 Teaspoon lavender, dried
  • 1 Tablespoon butterfly pea, 10 flowers
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar

Lavender Martini Pitcher (makes 4 glasses)

  • 4 Ounces vodka, Elderflower, such as Saint Germaine
  • 4 Ounces vodka, lemon, such as Absolut Citron
  • 2 Ounces limoncello
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 4 Slices Lemon, as garnish


  • First, prepare the lavender simple syrup. Combine water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, add the lavender and pea flowers. Lower the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from heat.
  • Cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain into a glass container such as a mason jar.
  • Allow to cool completely before preparing martinis. Once cooled, squeeze a lemon slice into the pitcher to change the colour of the simple syrup from blue to a deep purple hue.
  • Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Stir using a cocktail stirrer.
  • Pour into martini glasses and garnish with a lemon slice.


Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 19IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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The lemon lavender vodka cocktail is a great purple lemonade recipe with fresh lemon juice, dried lavender flowers and more. This spring cocktail is simple, refreshing and delicious.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.


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