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Lavender Champagne

Summer is here, lavender is blooming and backyard entertaining is in full swing. This elegant, floral libation is perfect for any occasion. An afternoon backyard gathering, a dinner party under the stars or a simple girls night in.

This simple recipe serves 16 and is perfect for an afternoon or evening of bubbly conversation.

Depending on the variety, lavender blooms are usually at their peak from late June through August. Harvest the flower stems on a dry day, in the late morning hours after any dew has evaporated. Fresh bouquets should be cut when about one-third to one-half of the flowers have opened.  Let’sdoLavender.com


Lavender Champagne

Serves 16

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon dried culinary lavender
  • 4 bottles (750 mL) dry Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
  • Fresh lavender sprigs, for garnish

Directions

Bring sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Stir in dried lavender. Remove from heat. Let cool completely. Strain out lavender. Refrigerate syrup until ready to serve.

Pour a small amount if simple syrup into each flute or coupe, about 1 1/2 teaspoons and fill glass with Champagne. Garnish each glass with a lavender sprig.

Make Ahead:  Simple syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 month.

Lavender Provencal Popcorn

parisSince we are headed to France for our next Tea Tour, (see note below) we thought we would share a simple French Flavor recipe.

Last year’s award winning Les Misérables, reminded us why we love France. There is magical, mythical Paris–“the city of love”–but our affection for France extends to their countless contributions to art, history, fashion, architecture, iconic monuments (the Eiffel Tower and our own Statue of Liberty–a gift from the French) and of course, food.

Haute cuisine is classical French cuisine, known for meats and stews, heavy sauces, flour, and butter while nouvelle cuisine offers healthier, vibrant and more innovative ingredients. Cities across the globe boast brasseries and restaurants with a take on French cuisine. Also revered are the everpresent pâtisseries. Found throughout France, these shops are beautifully decorated and filled with a stunning array of desserts and sweets.

Chefs come from around the world for lengthy training in the fine art of pastry making.
If you’re looking for a quick taste of France without jetting off to Paree, try this simple
yet superb recipe for Lavender Provencal Popcorn.



Lavender Provencal Popcorn

LavenderProvencal__21154_F.tif1Ingredients

  • 2 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons Herbs de Provence with lavender – see below
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • Place popcorn in a large bowl and drizzle with melted butter; toss.
  • Evenly sprinkle Herbs de Provence, garlic and salt over popcorn; toss again and serve.

Notes

  • Note: For fewer calories, omit butter.  Spray popcorn lightly with cooking spray.  Evenly sprinkle Herbs de Provence, garlic and salt over popcorn; toss again and serve.


Herbs de Provence (with lavender)

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons dried savory
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon dried marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers (optional)

 



Note: Our Tea Tour of France is sold out and has been closed, please check out our 11 Day Tea Tour of British Columbia in September!

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