Mother’s Day Lavender Sangria

Because Mother’s Day is just around the corner, flowers are our special ingredient this month and I was truly inspired from my vacation in Spain here’s the perfect Rosé Lavender Sangria!

We often enjoy playing with the traditional Spanish red Sangria by doing a white version with peaches, adding pommegrenade seeds and even using sparkling wine or cider in our different concoctions! For this special cocktail you will need:

  • 1 bottle Rosé wine
  • 1 1/2 cup white cranberry juice
  • 1 bottle Club Soda
  • 1 large orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup of raspberries or strawberries
  • Lavender syrup (1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 2 tbsp dried lavender)

* For the lavender syrup, bring sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Stir in dried lavender and remove from heat. Let cool completely and strain out lavender. Refrigerate until ready to serve. {Recipe from Martha Stewart }.

Step by step

Makes 1 large pitcher (+/- 6 glasses).

  1. Make the lavender syrup (see instructions above).
  2. Cut orange and lemon in wedges.
  3. In a large pitcher, combine orange, lemon, wine, juice and half of the lavender syrup. Try it and add more lavender syrup to taste. (You can refrigerate the rest for up to a month).
  4. At this point, you can also add 2-3 shots of gin or triple sec.
  5. Mix everything together and refrigerate until cold. (It gets better the longer it’s macerated!)
  6. Pour mixture on ice and add berries.
  7. Top off with desired amount of soda just before serving!

If you like your Sangria or the sweeter side, replace soda by Ginger Ale!

As for the choice of wine, the opinion differs but the main stream suggest a dry wine. We say, pick one that you like and enjoy!

Royal Gin Fizz

What a better way to finish our egg-inspired month than with a sumptuous cocktail?

We first tried this amazing old-fashioned drink at , one of our fav spots in downtown Montreal This bistro with an English flare is a must in the city for cocktails! They even make their own tonic and ginger ale from scratch (amongst other things)… how cool? The Tavern uses Prosecco while Champagne is more traditional but any bubbly will do! For this recipe, we used our favorite bubbly: Cava!

A bit of history…

Fizzes we first mentionned in the mid-19th century when six recipes were included in The Bon Vivant’s Companion (1862), the first cocktail book ever printed. In America, this concoction became hugely popular between 1900 and the 1940′s, especially in New Orleans where it became a local specialty. The legendary bartender Trader Vic once descibded a fizz as “an early-morning drink with a definite purpose – a panacea for hang-overs”.

A traditional Gin Fizz includes gin, lemon juice, sugar, topped off with soda, shaken with ice and preferably served in a highball glass with two big ice cubes. Over time many variations were created and sparkling wine is now often use to replace the soda. Eggs are also often added, to smooth out the sharpness of the gin and citrus while adding a unique velvety texture. By definition, a Silver Fizz incorporates egg whites; a Golden Fizz includes an egg yolk; and a Royal Fizz uses the whole egg.

{information from and }

Find it

  • 50 ml Gin
  • 25 ml Lemon Juice (better fresh!)
  • 12.5 ml Simple Syrup
  • 1 Egg White
  • Bubbly

*Note: if you’re uncertain about  drinking raw eggs, you can use powdered egg whites.

If you want to do your own simple syrup, just follow this easy recipe.

Just add 1 part water in 2 parts sugar and set on high eat. Stir until sugar disolves and bring to a boil. Add water if needed to reach a syrup consistency. Transfer mixture to another recipient and let  it cool.

{full recipe }

This super cute medicial bottle is perfect for occasional use! I found it at the lovely boutique in Brooklyn!

Make it

  1. Dry Shake all ingredients (except bubbly) for a little while
  2. Add ice and shake a bit more
  3. Strain into a highball glass over ice cubes
  4. Add bubbely
  5. Garnish with lemon if desired

{adapted recipe from }

If you prefer yours drinks a bit sweet, juice up a Meyer lemon instead!

Also, you can put a twist on this drink by using the small batches handcrafts flavored simple syrups from Brooklyn. Just go ahead and replace the simple syrup by their Lavender & Lemon or Rose Simple syrup! For more recipes visit .

Royal Gin Fizz is refreshing and delightful, perfect for Spring!

Be on the lookout for our last eggalicious recipe this week!

Cranberry Maple Cocktail!

For this cocktail you will need:

  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup sparking water
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • + Splash of grenadine (optional,makes the drink more red)

For the rim:

  • Lemon wedge
  • Maple sugar

Rim your glass with the lemon wedge then dip the edge of the glass in the maple sugar.

In a measuring cup or cocktail shaker, mix all your ingredients for the cocktail, stir it then pour in your glass.

This drink is so easy to make plus it’s refreshing and delicious.

♥ For the tipsy version (which is our favorite!!!)

Use the same ingredient and just add 1/2 cup of vodka or more if you had a really bad day!