Thank goodness spring is finally here. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, I mean, what more could you want? Perhaps a tasty cocktail, that's what. With all the action going on outside, I decided it was high time to create a floral-inspired cocktail. Lavender, which is a member of the mint family, is the perfect starting point.
Lemon is a natural partner for lavender, bringing a bright, fresh flavor, while gin highlights the herbal side. That's a good start, but it still seemed like it was missing something—I wanted a little more pizzazz. A quick flip through some of my recipe books led me to a French 75—a classic combination of lemon juice, gin, simple syrup, and the kicker—Champagne. Hell yeah, let's add a little bubbly action to this celebration!
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.
- 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.