LAVENDER LEMONADE COOLERS
These slightly floral, fizzy aperitifs are double-spiked with vodka and sparkling wine, then sweetened with berries. These vodka mixed drinks are perfect before dinner. Also check out the nonalcoholic version made with sparkling water.
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|lavender buds; fresh or dried|
|1 1/2 cupsfresh squeezed lemon juice; (8–12 lemons depending on the size and juice content)|
|Fresh lavender sprigs; (optional)|
|1 lemon; thinly sliced (optional)|
|fresh berries; such as blueberries or raspberries|
|Chilled sparkling wine or champagne|
LAVENDER LEMONADE COOLERS Preparation
1. Place an open bottle of vodka in freezer for at least 2 hours or until very cold and syrup-like. Chill 10 to 12 tall glasses, if desired.
2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan combine water, sugar, and lavender buds. Bring to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat. Cool rapidly by placing pan in a basin of iced water. Add lemon juice to cooled syrup. Strain to remove lavender; discard lavender.
3. Fill each chilled tall glass with ice and add 1 shot (3 tablespoons) of the cold vodka. Fill each glass about three-fourths full with lemonade syrup. Add lavender sprigs and lemon slices, if desired, and a few berries to each glass. Top each with sparkling wine. Stir the vodka drink to mix or leave as is to sip the layers. Makes 10 to 12 servings.
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LAVENDER LEMONADE COOLERS Reviews
Nonalcoholic Version: Fill a tall chilled glass with ice. Add 1 part lemonade syrup to 2 parts chilled sparkling water. [I posted this recipe.]
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