Shake it for Summer

French 75s are simple to make and are cool and refreshing for summer. But when you add a twist of fragrant and herby lavender, you have captured sunshine in a glass.

Lavender French 75

(Makes 2 cocktails)

French 754 ounces gin

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 tablespoons lavender simple syrup (see below)

½ cup crushed ice

1 cup prosecco or Champagne

More lemon for garnish

Lavender Simple syrup

1 bunch of food-grade lavender, stems removed (about ½ cup)

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

Make your simple syrup by bringing lavender, sugar, and water to a boil to dissolve the sugar, and then remove from heat. Cool it to room temperature, and strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove the lavender.

To make the cocktails, place gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Pour the Champagne into two chilled glasses. Float the contents of the shaker over the top of both cocktails. Garnish with a sprig of lavender and lemon wedge.

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