Summer Sips: Ode to France

We are so smitten over our new Summer Collection, full of nautical stripes, we are dedicating a whole week to the country who is synonymous with stripes: France!

We started things off with our French Riviera-themed soundtrack and today we’re continuing the French inspiration with a spin on a classic. Today’s Summer Sip is The Lavender French 75! Click Read More below for all the delicious details.

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The French 75 is a cocktail classic comprised of champagne, lemon juice, sugar and gin. The addition of lavender gives it a herbal and modern twist that is just as lip smacking. Make with only the highest quality, real champagne to make this drink shine. Our French Medallion DOF is the perfect glass to use when serving The Lavender French 75 to guests. We couldn’t think of a better font then Shelley Allegro to adorn the flute for this champagne cocktail. Shelley Allegro is an elegant font that mimics French calligraphy with a lot of flourishes!

 

Lavender French 75

Yields 1

Ingredients

2-4 teaspoons lavender syrup, to taste
4 tablespoons gin
squeeze of lemon, to taste
4 tablespoons champagne

Lavender Simple Syrup:
about 5-7 little fresh lavender flowers
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water

Recipe

1. In a small saucepan, bring the ingredients for the lavender syrup to a boil.

2. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Stir as needed to keep the sugar from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
3. Transfer to a glass jar and let chill in the fridge. Strain out the lavender after 30-60 minutes and continue to let it chill.
4. Mix all cocktail ingredients together & stir.

 

The list of traditional french cocktails is long enough that we couldn’t bring you just one. We have also included a few more libations that we love that hail from France. Click on the links below for the yummy drink recipes.

ode to france drinks

French Sidecar

Traditional Sidecars are made with 3 simple ingredients Brandy, Cognac, and lemon juice. To make it a French Sidecar, use Armagnac a brandy that hails from from the Gascony region in South Eastern France. Meyer lemons can be used to lend a more orangey-lemon flavor to compliment the orange liquor.

 

The French Gimlet

This may not be a classic cocktail, but the The French Gimlet will soon become one of your favorites. It contains St. Germain liquor that is made in St. Germain, France.

 

Kir Royal

Kir Royals are named for a renowned Mayor of Dijon, Felix Kir,  who loved using local ingredients and combined French wine and Creme de Cassis. This became known as a Kir. Variations arose for this beloved drink and one such cocktails was the Kir Royal. In place of a white wine, champagne is used which still maintains the spirit of the original Kir in using locally made ingredients.

 

Santé!

 

Lavender French 75 recipe and photography by love & lemons

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