LAVENDER FRENCH 75

Last week's post was such a hit I decided to make Classic Cocktail Friday a regular mainstay.  I mean, who doesn't appreciate a cocktail at the end of the week?  This is a twist on a classic cocktail that most don't know about.  In fact, I didn't know about it until I started researching gin drinks.

The original French 75 cocktail originated in 1915 in Paris by Harry MacElhone.  It is said to pack as much punch as being shelled with a French 75mm field gun, thus the kitschy name.  This version has the addition of a flavorful lavender simple syrup.  It's floral flavor blends beautifully with the botanical flavor of gin and the fresh tartness of lemon.  It tastes like a boozy lavender soda and I believe I've found my new hot weather drink.

FOR FRENCH 75:

  • 2-4 teaspoons of simple syrup
  • 2 ounces of gin
  • champagne or club soda
  • squeeze of lemon
  • ice

FOR SIMPLE SYRUP:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of dry lavender buds

FOR COCKTAIL: Combine simple syrup, gin and a squeeze of lemon in a glass.  Give it a stir and add ice.  Fill the rest of the way with champagne.  For a lighter, less boozy version, fill with club soda. It's extra refreshing! Garnish with lemon.

FOR SYRUP: Combine all ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat until it boils.  Turn down and let it simmer for 5 minutes.  Turn off heat, and let the buds steep for 30.  You can either strain the buds or leave them in the syrup. Cool, and pour into a sterilized jar. I put a touch of violet food coloring in mine for drama.

I'm not kidding folks, this drink it really really yummy.  It's also helping me whittle down my giant bag of dried lavender buds one tiny tablespoon of a time.  Give it a try this weekend, you won't be disappointed!