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Champagne Lavender Kiss Royal is an easy and festive drink for Valentine’s Day or anytime you feel like a refreshing drink! The original recipe is made with Champagne, but you can also use sparkling water or apple juice and leave out the liquor for a non-alcoholic version. If using sparkling water, you may need to add a little more pomegranate juice. Kids will love it and feel so special that you shared this with them. This recipe will be shared in Kate McAloon’s upcoming cookbook from *Keys Creek Lavender Farm. Both ways are delicious! Please use organic ingredients whenever possible.

Champagne Lavender Kiss Royal

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon Chambord or Cassis liquor per glass (*infused with lavender recipes below)

*1 Teaspoon culinary lavender

2 Tablespoons pomegranate juice per glass (well chilled)

Champagne (well chilled)

Colored sugar or regular sugar (to rim the glasses)

Lemon or lime wedge (for rimming glasses)

A few raspberries or pomegranate (seeds for serving)

Preparation

Rim the edge of a Champagne flute or festive glass with sugar by pouring a small amount of sugar on a plate. Then run the lime or lemon wedge around the rim of the glass. Dip the glasses in the sugar and shake off the excess on to the plate. Put the liquor and fruit juice in each glass and slowly fill with Champagne, sparkling water, or sparkling juice. You may have to stop for a moment and wait till it stops fizzing to finish filling the glass or it may bubble over. Add raspberries or pomegranate seeds and serve immediately.

*To infuse liquor (or fruit juice) with culinary lavender:

Take one cup liquor or fruit juice and add 1 teaspoon of culinary lavender (or less to taste) to the liquid. Set aside for at least an hour. Check to see if you can taste the lavender, if you can then strain well and it is ready to use in your cocktail. It may need a bit more time to bring out the flavors so check in 30 minutes and then strain. This infusion will keep refrigerated for at least a week.

Visit Chef Kate’s website (www.chefkatealiveandcooking.com) and the Kora Organics Blog (under Chef Kate) for more healthy organic recipes and articles.

*Visit www.KCLFARM.com for more information about the cookbook, to sign up for their newsletter, and order culinary lavender and other products.