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The Sun Summoner: A Shadow & Bone Inspired Lemon Drop Martini

Inspired by the character from Leigh Bardugo's Shadow & Bone, this twist on a Lemon Drop martini includes chamomile for sunlight and lavender for protection.
Course: Drinks
Keyword: Cocktail, Floral, Lemon, Novel-Inspired, Vodka
Servings: 1 cocktail


Chamomile-Lavender Syrup*

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp dried chamomile flowers
  • ½ tsp dried lavender buds


  • Granulated sugar to rim glass
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 ½ tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp chamomile-lavender syrup*
  • 1 lemon wheel for garnish


For the syrup:

  • Place sugar, water, and dried flowers in a small saucepan. Boil on medium heat until reduced to half.
  • Let the syrup cool before using in cocktail. Store leftover syrup in the refrigerator.

For the cocktail:

  • Coat the rim of a martini glass or other preferred glass with lemon juice. Dip in granulated sugar to rim the glass with sugar.
  • Use a cocktail shaker (or a mason jar) to combine vodka, lemon juice, and syrup, plus ice. Vigorously shake until the shaker is very cold outside.
  • Strain the mixture into the rimmed glass, leaving leftover ice in the shaker. Garnish with a lemon wheel.