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Author Notes: A classic French 75 features gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and champagne. In this updated recipe, blood orange juice replaces lemon, and honey is used instead of sugar. This is a perfect drink for winter (blood orange season!), and it adds a touch of elegance to any brunch or cocktail party lineup.
The blood orange juice, gin, and honey can be batched a couple hours before serving, so it can come together in a snap once your guests arrive: Simply top the prebatched cocktail with champagne and serve.
Since this recipe comprises only a few ingredients, it's worth keeping quality in mind—now's the time to bust out that top-shelf gin, and squeeze those blood oranges by hand. —Josh Cohen
Serves 4 to 6 people
ounces freshly squeezed blood orange juice
Chilled sparkling wine
Curls of orange zest, for garnish (optional)
- Mix the gin, blood orange juice, and honey. This can be done a couple hours before serving. Store the prebatched mixture in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- To serve, fill a glass halfway with the prebatched mixture. Add an equal amount of sparkling wine. Garnish with a curl of orange zest, if you'd like. Enjoy!
- This recipe is a Community Pick!