Two things that I want to address today:
- I've always wanted to make my own lavender simple syrup.
- I love The Great Gatsby.
Let's dive in a little deeper: almost two years ago, one of my favorite bloggers, Yummertime, published an article about how to make a lavender gin cocktail. I was immediately hooked on the idea of making a cocktail with lavender. Why? I don't know. Part of me through that it would taste like clothing detergent. But I had to be cool - if Yummertime was making cocktails with lavender-infused simple syrup, so would I! It's only taken me two years to act upon this wish, but I've finally done it! I've made a cocktail with lavender-infused simple syrup.
Secondly, The Great Gatsby. This is easily one of my favorite books of all time. The two movies, first with Robert Redford as Gatsby, the second with Leonardo DiCaprio, have only increased my love for the story. There is an iconic image from Baz Luhrmann's version - Gatsby toasting with a champagne glass - I needed that type of glass. I've finally done it! I've purchased similar champagne glasses to the ones that Gatbsy uses.
This Lavender 75 is a twist on the classic French 75. Gin. Lime Juice. Lavender simple syrup. Champagne. It's delicious. Give it a try - perhaps even watch The Great Gastby while sipping on your drink.
2 fluid ounces Hendrick's gin
1/2 fluid ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 fluid ounce lavender simple syrup (see recipe below)
1/2 cup prosecco
lime wheel, for garnish
- Fill a champagne glass with ice water and let chill for at least 1 minute.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the gin, lime juice, and lavender simple syrup. Cover and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
- Pour the ice water out of the champagne glass. Strain the drink into the glass and top with the sparking wine. Garnish with a lime wheel, if using, and serve.
Lavender-Infused Simple Syrup
Makes 1 cup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp. dried lavender
- Combine sugar, water and lavender in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil and boil for 2 minutes. Stirring occasionally until sugar is completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat and let lavender steep for 10 minutes. Strain out lavender buds, and store an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.