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Prep: 5 mins Steep: 48 hrs
Yield: 24 oz.
20% Alc./Vol. (80 Proof)
If using Everclear® 151: 15.9% Alc./Vol. (31.8 Proof)

Bottled Botanicals

A favored scent, the lavender flower also provides a very unique flavor profile – sweet with subtle hints of mint, citrus and spice. This liqueur mixes those subtleties with fresh vanilla. Giving a floral touch to any cocktail that makes its acquaintance.


To start, let’s go over the ingredients. You’ll need ¼ cup of lavender buds (dried or fresh), 1 vanilla bean, 6 oz. Everclear®, 7 oz. filtered water and 13 oz. white simple syrup. If you don’t have any simple syrup on hand and want to make your own, check out our simple syrup instructions.

Cut the vanilla bean in half. You’ll only be using one half of the vanilla bean for the recipe so you can discard the other half or reserve for future use. Using a knife, split the vanilla bean long-ways to expose its more flavorful interior.

Combine the vanilla bean half with lavender buds, Everclear® and water in a sealable, quart-sized jar. Close, and let steep in a cool, dry place for 48 hours.

Once the infusion has steeped to your liking, strain out the lavender and vanilla using a fine mesh strainer. Then, blend your lavender vanilla infusion with simple syrup to further dilute. Mix thoroughly. Then bottle and enjoy.

Be sure to give our Lavender Vanilla Rickey a try, featuring your newly made liqueur with cucumber and club soda.


¼ cup Dried or fresh lavender buds
1 Vanilla bean (half)
6 oz. Everclear®
7 oz. Filtered water
13 oz. White simple syrup


  1. Cut vanilla bean in half and split it open down the middle.
  2. Combine lavender, half vanilla bean, Everclear® and water in a quart-sized container.
  3. Let steep in a cool, dry place for 48 hours.
  4. Strain out lavender and vanilla.
  5. Add simple syrup and mix thoroughly.
  6. Bottle and enjoy.


When straining, you’ll notice some of the finer vanilla bits will make it through. That shouldn’t cause any problems and, to some, is even preferred.

Like many other infusions, you may notice a little separation within the liquid over time. This is normal and a simple shake before using goes a long way toward ensuring a consistent flavor.

Ted Kilgore

Make It Your Own’s in-house mixologist, Ted Kilgore, is a 17-year veteran of the bar and spirits world. Passing the B.A.R. with BAR Ready certification in 2007, he is now proprietor and Beverage Director at Planter’s House in St. Louis.