I love anything lemon, and when I came across this new recipe, I couldn’t help but try it out. Plus, I love any excuse to have a glass of Ruffino Prosecco. I work for a wine distributer and am always trying new drink recipes. Ruffino Prosecco is a favorite of mine. It is produced in Italy and I love the crisp and refreshing taste of fruit flavors.
This drink is great for Sunday brunch, or for an afternoon summer cocktail by the pool.
To make the lavender lemon syrup, mix 1 cup of sugar, 3/4 cup of water, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon of lavender. I used fresh lavender off a plant I have, but you can use dried leaves if you wish. I also twisted the leaves to bruise them a bit to help get out the flavoring while simmering. Let these ingredients simmer on low to medium heat for 15 minutes. After, let it cool for another 15 minutes and add purple food coloring to give the syrup the pretty purple color. Finally, pour through a thin mesh to remove leaves from syrup.
When you are ready to mix your cocktail, pour some of the lavender simple syrup into the bottom of a champagne glass. Then add Ruffino Prosecco on top. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a lavender flower.