lavender lemon fizz cooking with cocktail rings

Lavender Lemon Fizz

This post is sponsored by Lillet – all opinions expressed are my own. Please enjoy Lillet responsibly.

Lillet is a noted French wine-based aperitif, which comes in three different flavors: blanc, rosé and rouge. While it can be served alone and chilled as a dinner wine, I love adding it to cocktails. I’m a fan of any alcoholic beverage that is also beloved by Ian Flemming’s James Bond!

This particular recipe uses the blanc, the company’s original best-selling product. It is a crisp fortified wine that contains flowery notes as well as aromas of candied oranges, honey and pine from the combined macerated fruit and wine. It’s lighter than most wine and is the perfect addition to this light cocktail of lavender syrup, lemon juice and just enough champagne to add a little fizz.

To make the lavender syrup in this cocktail I add lavender flowers to homemade simple syrup. The name speaks for itself – simple syrup is made by bringing equal parts sugar and water to a boil and the result adds a sweet and flowery touch to the drink.

 

Ingredients:

For the lavender simple syrup:

1 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon lavender flowers

 

For the sparkling lavender cocktail:

2 ounces Lillet blanc

½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

Champagne

Lavender sprigs, for garnish

 

Instructions:

For the lavender simple syrup:

In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together sugar with 1 cup of water until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the lavender then bring the mixture to a boil then lower heat to medium-low and simmer until thick and syrupy, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and use a fine mesh strainer to strain the lavender flowers from the simple syrup. Let cool completely.

The simple syrup can be made ahead of time and stored, refrigerated, in an airtight container for up to a week.

 

For the sparkling lavender cocktail:

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the Lillet blanc, lemon juice and ½ ounce of the lavender simple syrup and shake vigorously. Strain the cocktail with a cocktail shaker into a chilled 5-ounce coupe glass. Top off with champagne. Garnish with sprigs of lavender and serve immediately.

 

Makes 1 (5-ounce) cocktail.

 

This post is sponsored by Lillet – all opinions expressed are my own. Please enjoy Lillet responsibly.

 

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