Add a Champagne Sparkle: Lavender-Lemon Champagne Punch

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Serves 15 to 20
This refreshing punch is a beautiful lavender color.

  • 3 pounds purple grapes
  • 1 cup lavender flowers, dried or fresh
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 quart bottled spring water
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 bottle claret
  • 3 bottles pink champagne, chilled
  • Grapes and lemon slices for garnish
  1. 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 minutes. Strain and cool.
  2. 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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