Happy Hour: Lavender Honey French 75

I think this is my favorite concoction yet.

My first French 75 was about 2 years ago, when I bought The Great Gatsby (the new one, with my love Leo) and wanted to make a date night watching it with B. Freshly out of college, I was really into experimenting with “real cocktails” (no more pink lemonade and vodka for this girl!) For my 21st, B bought me a little cocktail book with all the classics, so I hunted for something fancy. What could be fancier than a champagne cocktail? That recipe looked similar to this one. For the record: the French 75 is really good (and a little dangerous).

Fast forward to a few days ago. I’m trying to come up with a new recipe, and wanted something a little more festive. One of my best friends is getting married tomorrow (!!!) and I thought a champagne cocktail would be perfectly celebratory. I flashed back to the French 75, but felt like dressing it up a bit, making it more summery.

Then I remembered the honey. The little bottle of lavender honey we received as a gift so long ago, and have never known what to do with. Lemon + honey + lavender…that’s about as summery as it gets! Throw in a little bubbly and gin for good measure, and this is a summer celebration in a champagne flute.

3 tsp lavender honey
1 tbsp lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
1 shot gin

Slightly warm honey, to thin it and easily mix with other ingredients. Mix lavender honey, lemon juice and gin in a jar or shaker. Pour into champagne flute and top with chilled champagne. Enjoy!

NOTE // Obviously, this recipe is a little particular, as lavender infused honey isn’t sitting on everyone’s shelves, and I don’t expect anyone to buy it specifically for this. (Although, if you need an excuse, I had a delicious lavender honey syrup at Slappy Cakes a few years back, so there is use #2 for it.) You could make your own a la Martha Stewart, or I’d bet you could find it at Whole Foods. Other options: use regular high-quality honey or make a floral simple syrup with lavender. Even if you never make it, I’d be doing you all a disservice if I never shared this delicious concoction.

  • That looks refreshing, perfect for the summer heat.