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.
- 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.
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.