This recipe appears in:Drinking in Season: Lavender French 75
This festive take on a classic drink tastes like spring—a little floral, a little bright, and a little bubbly—just right, if you ask me.
About the author: Kelly Carámbula blogs about her adventures in the kitchen, including a weekly happy hour, on eat make read. She is also the founder and publisher of Remedy Quarterly, an independent food magazine.
- For the Lavender Syrup:
- 1/2 teaspoon dried lavender
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- For the Cocktail:
- 1 ounce lavender syrup
- 2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- 2 ounces Champagne or other sparkling wine
To make the lavender syrup: Combine lavender, water, and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over high heat until boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce to a simmer and continue to cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Lavender syrup will keep for one week in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
To make the cocktail: Fill a Collins or tall rocks glass 3/4 full of ice. Add the lavender syrup, gin and lemon juice and gently stir. Top off with Champagne or sparkling wine.