We love the idea of having a signature cocktail at your wedding reception. Some couples use the signature cocktail as a way of extending their theme, as was the case with Sally Pressman and Dave Rogers whose outdoor Santa Barbara wedding was inspired by lavender. The couple served lavender champagne to their guests, who also dinned on rustic cuisine at wooden tables adorned with purple sweet peas, lavender sprigs, tulips, white hydrangeas, and blue flannel flowers.
For a refreshing and seasonal drink, follow this simple recipe for lavender Champagne.
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
Bring sugar and 1/2 cup 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 about 6 ounces Champagne and 1 1/2 teaspoons syrup into each flute
Garnish each with a lavender sprig