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Lavender French 75

It was all going so well… vaccines are being rolled out, progress is being made…

And then infection rates soared to the highest they’ve been ever. Ever.

Here in BC, that’s lead to a partial lockdown. In addition to all the restrictions we had before, we’re also now not allowed to eat in restaurants. Restaurants are allowed to do take out, or if they have a patio, they’re allowed to keep that open, but no in-house dining.

Lavender French 75

It’s been a tough week. We’ve all been living such restricted lives this past year, some of us (depending on where you live) more than others. For me, going out once a week or so with a friend for a nice happy hour or a dinner was the last thing that really brought me joy and a sense of normalcy in my life. And now that’s gone… at least for three weeks.

So here we are, living alone again, in our own places, just trying to stay safe and cope the best way we can.

I’m grateful that we’re not on full lockdown here, so at least I can get out and go for walks, and that helps. But I’m basically not seeing any friends or eating out at all, other than takeout.

It felt like this turn of events needed one thing: booze.

Okay, I’m joking. Kinda. But also, what else is there to do? I cannot do another zoom call. I’ve watched everything on Netflix and Prime. The new season of Top Chef is here just in the nick of time.

So here is a pretty, simple and easy-to-make cocktail. Bonus, it contains lavender, which has calming effects on the nervous system. You could techincally use any gin in this Lavender French 75, but I like to use the Empress 1908 Gin that’s blue in the bottle, and then turns a beautiul shade of lavender when you add lemon juice to it. It’s locally distilled in Sydney, BC, at Victoria Distillers.

This is a twist on a classic cocktail called the French 75, which dates back 100 years. Still good.

Lavender French 75

Ingredients 

  • 1 oz Empress 1908 gin
  • 1/2 oz lavender simple syrup (see below)
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 2-3 oz prosecco or sparkling white wine

Method

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, place 1 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons lavender flowers. Bring up to a boil, swirling to mix. Once it comes to a boil and the sugar is all dissolved, turn off the heat, and place the syrup aside to cool completely. Once cool, strain into a bottle or a mason jar.
  2. To make the cocktail: in a shaker with ice, place the gin, simple syrup and lemon juice. Shake to chill (don’t go too crazy, gin is delicate!), and then strain into a pretty coupe glass or champagne flute. Top with prosecco, garnish with a lavender sprig or a lemon twist and serve.

Kombucha Cocktails

Guys! We’re giving away 3 cases of Remedy Kombucha in your choice of flavour, read to the end to learn how you can enter! 

It’s officially summer!! Yassss!

I know summer is going to look different for all of us this year. I had a trip planned, it’s now clearly not happening. This is going to be the summer of backyards, both our own and our metaphorical one.

Kombucha Cocktails

I have a rooftop where it looks like I’ll be spending a lot of time this summer, and our vacations are going to look more like staycations; shorter trips, exploring within BC.

If you need some cocktail recipes to help you out with your summer backyarding, I got you.

Today I have two kombucha cocktails for you, using Remedy Kombucha, which I love because it’s kind of like a light, refreshing bubbly summer drink, but low sugar and the health benefits of kombucha. It comes in loads of flavours, as well, so it’s great for using as a finishing seltzer or bubbles when making cocktails.

If you aren’t so much into the booze, try this Kombucha Agua Fresca Mocktail.

One of the kombucha cocktails is from me, the other is from my galpal Ghazal Elhaei, who is one of the most creative humans I know. She’s an artist, a bartender, a rockstar, she makes stuff, she does a podcast… she makes me feel tired.

For Your Love

  • 1oz St Germain
  • 1oz Russian Standard Gold
  • .5oz Agave
  • Lime, Lemon Mint Remedy Kombucha

Shake with ice, pour, top with lime, lemon and mint kombucha and lemon expression.

Bourbon Berry Smash

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 4-6 fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 3 mint leaves, 3 basil leaves or a combo of both
  • .5oz ginger simple syrup
  • juice of half a lemon
  • Ginger Remedy Kombucha

Place the blackberries, mint and basil leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add the lemon juice and the simple syrup. Add the bourbon, a handful of ice, and shake. Strain into a pretty glass. Top with the Ginger Kombucha and garnish with mint.

Now! We’re hosting a contest so you can earn your own kombucha!

Head to my Instagram and comment on this post. For an additional entry in the contest, comment on Ghazal’s post. We will randomly draw one lucky winner at random who will get three cases of their choice of flavour on July 1. Here are the flavours:

  • Ginger Berry
  • Ginger Lemon
  • Apple Crisp
  • Lemon Lime Mint
  • Cherry Plum
  • Peach (my personal fave)
  • Raspberry Lemonade

Good luck!!

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