French 75 is a celebratory cocktail! French 75 is a classic cocktail made with gin, champagne and lemon juice. Instead of using lemons for the citrus, vibrant blood oranges complete this version.
French 75 Recipe With Blood Orange
My baby girl turned 25 years old this past weekend! How is that even possible? I keep having images of her wearing Jelly shoes, sporting a Baby G watch and digging into Alan’s closet looking for skinny ties to mimic the fashionable (or not) Avril Levine!
My vivacious Harry Potter book reading sweet pea is now a high school English teacher. Seriously, how can that be when she could pass for a teenager herself?!
We blinked. That’s what happened. We blinked and she grew into a bright, responsible, down to earth beautiful woman with impeccable taste, I might add!
Ashley mentioned a couple of months ago that she had a French 75 cocktail and loved the flavor. In my 50 years I have never tasted a French 75 cocktail. Sheesh, I need to start living it up!
History of French 75 drink
The drink was created back in the 1900’s at bar in Paris. The base of the cocktail is a fusion of gin, sugar and citrus. Lemon is used in the original recipe, but I took advantage of the beautiful blood oranges that we have in our stores and used that instead of lemon.
Depending on how much of the gin mixture you use, this drink can be strong, which is where the 75 comes from. It’s in reference to the French 75 mm canon or artillery gun.
At every stage as Ashley and Sam grew, I would often say, “I love this age! These are the best years!” Except for age 16. Those words were not uttered during that year! lol
But for real, today I find myself saying again “these are the best years!” Having an adult daughter is the best! I love celebrating each milestone whether it’s with a new cocktail, Fondue and Pavlova Cake or for the Last Dance and Late Night Snacks! Each year is a blessing and reason to celebrate!
Blood Orange French 75 recipe is a great drink to serve for any celebration. This would be a beautiful signature drink to offer at a bridal shower or wedding.
Blood Orange French 75
- 2 blood oranges additional oranges needed for garnish
- 1 1/2 cups gin
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon angostura bitters
- 2 750- ml bottles sparkling wine Champagne, or Prosecco
- Peel and partition orange segments removing as much as the white pith as possible. Place in a medium size bowl and dice oranges. Crush with a meat tenderizer or potato masher releasing the juice from the oranges. Strain the juice through a small colander into a clean small bowl. With a spoon press down on the skins of the oranges to expel as much as the juice as possible. Throw away the remaining flesh. Stir in gin, sugar and bitters into the juice. Strain again using a small sieve or cheese cloth into a 2 cup measuring cup. Chill for 4 hours.
- Pour 1-2 ounces of gin mixture into a champagne flute. Fill with sparkling wine and garnish with an orange peel or segment.
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This is a Epicurious recipe, Blood Orange French 75.
The color is bright and festive! This isn’t an overly sweet cocktail which is perfect for my taste and the gin mixture can be made a day ahead, so that it’s chilled and ready to be added to the sparkling wine!