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Drink: Lemon Lavender Snapback
Ingredients: Boyd & Blair vodka, lavender, limoncello, soda
Our take: The limoncello gives this drink a very velvety texture along with bright citrus notes. Lavender makes an appearance on the nose, but is subtle in taste. The herbaceousness adds depth to an otherwise clean profile.
Ingredients: Barrel-aged gin, lavender, grapefruit, lemon
Our take: The gin, mellowed by barrel aging, lends a few herbal notes, but exists mostly in the background of this light, floral drink. Lavender and lemon add dryness.