The French 75 is hands down my favorite cocktail, and this lavender version is just so lovely for spring. I snipped these little lavender flowers from my garden and simmered them down into a simple syrup, which sounds sort of romantic except that this lavender plant was swarmed with bees. I held a pair of scissors at arms length and carefully tried to clip a few without getting too close (oh the things I do for these recipes!) The lavender is subtle, but it adds an unexpected herbal flavor to this crisp cocktail…
Lavender French 75
*cocktail recipe, serves 1 / simple syrup recipe, serves at least 4
- 2-4 teaspoons lavender syrup, to taste (recipe below, or buy it readymade here or here)
- 4 tablespoons gin (or vodka, but that will make this a French 76)
- squeeze of lemon, to taste
- 4 tablespoons champagne
- ice, if you’re ingredients aren’t already chilled
optional: sub sparkling water for champagne for a lighter cocktail
lavender simple syrup:
- about 5-7 little fresh lavender flowers
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- In a small saucepan, bring the ingredients for the lavender syrup to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Stir as needed to keep the sugar from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Transfer to a glass jar and let chill in the fridge. Strain out the lavender after 30-60 minutes and continue to let it chill. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to a week.
- Mix all cocktail ingredients together & stir. Taste and adjust to your liking.
note: since the concentration of your lavender syrup may vary, I found that the best way to “measure” this was to pour just enough syrup until I could taste the floral note (about 2 splashes).