Pop. Fizz. Clink!
Holy cannoli, what a week. But we made it to Friday! I made us a drink to celebrate. As you may have guessed from the blog’s name, wine is my weekend beverage of choice. That said, I love the idea of an expertly mixed cocktail. A French 75 is the best of both worlds. Festive sparkling wine, herby gin and tart lemon juice combine for a delicious, and potent, way to unwind. This drink is easy enough to whip on a random weekend and special enough to serve as a signature cocktail for a holiday or party. Lavender simple syrup adds a slightly floral, sophisticated twist. Not in an “I’m sipping on a bouquet” kind of way, but in a suprisingly addictive “I think I’ll have another” kind of way. And since you can make it in the comfort of your own home, why not?
Lavender French 75
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice (juice from half a lemon)
- 1 ounce lavender simple syrup, recipe follows
- 3-4 ounces sparkling wine, such as Champagne or Prosecco
- Strips of lemon zest, for garnish
Add gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to champagne glass. Stir to combine. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with lemon zest.
Makes 1 cocktail
Lavender Simple Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 4-5 drops food grade lavender essential oil
Bring sugar and water to boil in small saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer 3-4 minutes, until sugar is dissolved. Add lavender oil. Allow to cool. To make plain simple syrup, simply leave out the lavender.