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
4 to 6 people
freshly squeezed blood orange juice
Chilled sparkling wine
Curls of orange zest, for garnish (optional)
In This Recipe
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!
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