Lavender Champagne Cocktail
(great as a warm-weather cocktail or as a drink for a purple-themed shower or wedding!)
6 ounces prosecco, Champange, or sparkling wine (I used La Marca Prosecco, and it was fantastic with the lavender!)
1.5-2 teaspoons lavender simple syrup (recipe below)
1 sprig fresh lavender for garnish (I just bought a small lavender plant at the local nursery for about $3, but a high-end grocery store may carry it pre-cut!)
Pour simple syrup into a champagne flute, top with Prosecco or Champagne, and garnish with a sprig of lavender! (Word to the wise: don't stir the champagne into the syrup. Just trust me on this one. Bubbly everywhere!)
Lavender Simple Syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon dried lavender (found at my local specialty spice store)
In a saucepan, mix sugar and water together. Bring the mixture to a boil, ensuring all of the sugar is well-dissolved. Add the tablespoon of lavender, stir in, and immediately remove from the heat. Next, let the mixture, including the lavender, completely cool. Using a fine mesh strainer (note: I double strained mine to get as much of the lavender pieces out as I could, but some tiny pieces remained- that's totally fine), strain the syrup into a resealable container, and refrigerate. The simple syrup should keep for about a month in the fridge! I think it would be fantastic in lemonade or tea, too!
Note: if you're using 1.5-2 teaspoons per cocktail, the simple syrup recipe above should yield approximately 12-16 cocktails. Cheers!
A big thank you to La Marca Prosecco for providing the prosecco for this recipe! You can find out where to purchase La Marca here.