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Lavender Lemon Champagne Punch

Author/Submitted by: The Herb Companion Dec '95/Jan '96
Servings: 15
Categories: Alcoholic Beverages / Champagne / Fruits / Punch Recipes / Wine

3  pounds  purple grapes
1  cup  lavendar flowers
1 1/2  cups  sugar
1  teaspoon  whole cloves
1/2  cup  lemon juice
1  bottle  claret wine
3  bottles  pink champagne, chilled
1  quart  spring water, bottled
    grapes and lemons, for garnish
3    cinnamon sticks

Press the grapes in a food mill. Strain and combine the juice with: the lavender, sugar, water, cinnamon and cloves. Boil slowly, covered, for 5 mins. Strain and cool. Add the lemon juice and claret, cover tightly and chill overnight. To serve, pour the mixture into a glass or crystal bowl or pitcher. Slowly add the chilled champagne. Garnish with grapes and lemon slices.

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