A classic French 75 Cocktail infused with a homemade blackberry syrup. Champagne, Gin and a splash of lemon juice and simply syrup, this is a super easy cocktail for you to enjoy at home, or to make for a party!
A few weeks ago, I got together with a couple girlfriends at a local restaurant, and let me tell you this is a rare occasion for me. Between my fulltime job, running my business, working out and alllll the other things, there’s not a lot of leftover time for social activities. But every time I sneak away from all my responsibilities, I have such a great time.
Annnyhow, I enjoyed a cocktail called French 75. I normally don’t stray away from my classic margarita or glass of prosecco but one of my friends ordered a French 75 and I thought it sounded good, plus it had champagne in it, so it had to be good, right?
It was d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s.
Here I was thinking I had this new amazing drink and I just had to recreate it at home. Turns out a French 75 is a pretty classic cocktail with champagne, gin, a splash of lemon juice and a little bit of simple syrup.
When it came time to make this, I played around with the ratios a little bit and added some blackberry syrup to add a refreshing summer twist.
Besides picking up a bottle (or mini bottles) of champagne, gin and some lemons, you’ll need some simple syrup. I usually make mine at home. If you don’t know how to make simple syrup, I follow my friend Lisa’s recipe with 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water.
However, you don’t need a ton of simple syrup for this recipe, so you could surely reduce the recipe in a 1:1 ratio. Regardless, it’s fairly fast and easy to make and you can definitely save yourself some money.
When I am making a cocktail recipe, I like to be able to make a single one for myself or at least make a few if I’m hosting a party.
This cocktail gets a little sweetness from the champagne and the blackberry syrup, so you only need ¼ ounce of simple syrup, and you may even decide you don’t need the extra sweetness.
For the blackberry syrup, again you can make as much or as little as you’d like. When I make a batch, I find more ways to use like on salads, or mixed into yogurt. Things like that.
To make a quick syrup, enough for a couple cocktails, use a food possessor to blend 3 ounces of blackberries with 1 teaspoon honey and a splash of lemon juice.
If you’re up for you it, you can roast the blackberries for 15 minutes on 450°, which deepens the flavor the brings out some of the sweetness in the berries. Then you can follow the same steps, and blend it with honey and a touch of lemon juice.
I can’t wait for more homemade cocktails this summer! These fun cocktail recipes like Strawberry Lemonade Party Punch and Fruity Vodka Party Punch from my girlfriends have me dreaming of warm summer nights:
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A classic French 75 Cocktail infused with a homemade blackberry syrup. Champagne, Gin and a splash of lemon juice and simply syrup, this is a sugar easy cocktail for you to enjoy at home, or to make for a party!
- 1 1/2 ounces dry gin
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- 1/4 ounce simple syrup
- 1 heaping teaspoon blackberry sauce (recipe below)
- 4 ounces champagne
- lemon twist for garmish
- blackberries for garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously until outside of shaker is very cold.
- Pour into a champagne glass and stir in the blackberry juice then top with champagne.
- Garnish with a twist of lemon and a couple whole blackberries
To make a quick blackberry syrup, use a food possessor to blend 3 ounces of blackberries with 1 teaspoon honey and a splash of lemon juice
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