It’s my thought that everyone needs to have a perfect holiday cocktail recipe in their arsenal. This is mine – The French 75. I love it because it’s festive, easy to make, and elegant. Plus – Bubbles!!! A sparkling cocktail always helps to make your party sparkle!
I love the fact that the French 75 is a simple cocktail, yet the name, just makes it sound so obscure… French 75. I had to do some research to learn where the name “French 75” actually came from…. I was thinking it was invented in France… In 1975. In fact, it’s said to be created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris—and rumored to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun also commonly known as the French 75. In case you wanted to hear about artillery. Really, I just wanted to tell you about this delicious cocktail.
Gin combines with fresh lemon juice, the sweetness of simple syrup, and sparkling wine for a truly delicious, refreshing cocktail. Because the ingredients are simple, you can have this fancy cocktail made for you at just about any bar… But, why not make it at home? I promise that you don’t need to be a master mixologist to create this elegant drink.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I see “simple syrup” listed in the ingredients, I’ll bypass the recipe all together – Because making the syrup seems like such a hassle. But really, it’s not! All you need to do is heat 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Then let the mixture cool. That’s it! It took me all of three minutes. Plus, you’ll have plenty of the simple syrup leftover, and it will keep for 3-4 weeks in the refrigerator, meaning you can have a fancy cocktail every day of the week if you so choose… I mean you need something to drink with Real Housewives, right?
It is helpful to have a cocktail shaker on hand, so that you can shake up the gin, simple syrup and lemon juice with ice before pouring into your champagne flute. However, if you don’t, that’s OK too! Just use a spoon to stir up those ingredients and then strain them into your glass using a fine mesh strainer… After that, it’s just one more step – Top the whole thing off with bubbles. PS – Is there any better noise on earth than the sound of a bottle of bubbles being popped?
About the bubbles… You can use prosecco, cava, champagne, whatever your favorite sparkling wine might be. I’m using a lovely Blanc de Blancs from Gloria Ferrer. Pale green in color with aromas of blood oranges, lemon and toasted brioche, and accents of vanilla and cinnamon spice. It pairs so elegantly with the herbal notes of the gin and the brightness of the lemon. I absolutely love these bubbles. Gloria Ferrer’s world-class méthode champenoise sparkling wines have earned over 400 gold medals and 50 90+ scores in the last five years! Pretty amazing!
So, there you have it – A festive, elegant, simple to prepare holiday cocktail. It’s a winner in my book!
How about you, what’s your favorite cocktail to serve during the holidays?
French 75 Sparkling Cocktail
- 1 oz . gin
- 1/2 oz . simple syrup
- 1/2 oz . fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Dry sparkling white wine
- Lemon twist for garnish
Combine gin, simple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail strainer filled with ice. Shake well to chill ingredients and strain into a champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a twist of lemon. Serve immediately.
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