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  • Writer's pictureJustin Mendoza

Signature Moqtail: the Lavender Menace

Updated: Jun 19, 2023

A soothing + subversive concoction with a splash of LGBTQ+ history

Lavender is known for its calming effect and is a favorite sensory experience. It is also historically associated with the queer community, from Sappho and Oscar Wilde, to the 'Lavender Scare', lavender has long been symbolic code. This signature moqtail takes its name directly from the second-wave lesbian feminist group 'The Lavender Menace', to align with its spirit of reclamation and empowerment.

Enjoy it relaxing at home, or at gatherings where it can either be a clever nod or a conversation starter with those who may--or may not--want to talk about it! Acts of self-preservation are radical and necessary, both collectively and individually, whether that's choosing sobriety or sharing LGBTQ+ culture with that proverbial 'racist uncle'! I like to add skull-shaped ice and edible glitter in a pink-hued rocks glass for that extra flair!

And if you're also the type who wants to DIY your own lavender simple syrup--which is actually quite simple--you can do that too! If you're interested to learn more about the Sober Curious movement, join my Facebook page!


1 cup water

1 cup white sugar

2-3 tbsp dried culinary lavender buds

pinch salt

Combine ingredients in medium saucepan and bring to simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar

Cover and remove from heat, steeping for 20 minutes

Strain into sealable container and refrigerate up to two weeks


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