Gin and lavender.  How very British.  I bet this sort of thing is just what Liz needs to get through another bloody day of shaking hands, rendering polite smiles, and looking at Phillip and Charles.

The Queen’s Breakfast

2 oz Hendricks gin
.5 oz Navan vanilla liqueur
.5 oz lime
dash lavender bitters

Shake with ice, strain, and pour into a cocktail glass.  Add a lemon twist.  Lie back, sip it, and think of England, even though you don’t know who’s on the team.  Smack yourself for ripping off Billy Bragg.

In other news, I’m about to barrel age some Cointreau, and have a bottle of Buffalo Trace to infuse with roasted almonds.  It’s all for Christmas punch, recipe courtesy of the official cocktail of Tales of the Cocktail in Vancouver next year.  Oh, the lengths I will go to for a good drink.  If only that energy were directed at something that supplemented my income…