Lavender 75

A pink fizzy drink with a lemon twist in a flute on a wood table
Photo courtesy Bookstore Bar & Café

Courtesy Cheston Overman, lead bartender, Bookstore Bar & Café, Seattle

If the French 75, which is usually based on gin or Cognac, is your jam, here’s a kinder, gentler alternative. The floral lilt of lavender syrup may even remind of the botanicals found in some gins.

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  • ¾ ounce lavender syrup (recipe below)
  • ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 4 ounces dry sparkling wine
  • Lemon twist (for garnish)

Combine lavender syrup and lemon juice in a Champagne flute. Top slowly with sparkling wine. Garnish with lemon twist.

Directions for the Lavender Syrup

In small saucepan, mix 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 1 ounce dried lavender. Simmer and stir for 3–4 minutes, until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat. Let cool, and strain.

Published on January 4, 2019