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Blood Orange French 75

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 in a clear glass with blood orange

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! 

Blood Orange French 75 recipe ingredients on a silver platter

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.

Blood Orange for French 75 recipe in a clear decanter

Celebratory cocktail

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.

flute of blood orange French 75 Recipe
Blood Orange French 75 in a fluted glass

Blood Orange French 75

A twist on the classic French 75 cocktail using blood orange as the citrus instead of lemon.
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Course: Uncategorized
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Blood Orange French 75, cocktail, French 75
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 188kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 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.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Sodium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g


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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!


French 75 recipe with blood oranges. The classic cocktail made with gin and champagne. This celebratory cocktail incorporates citrus! #cocktail #French75 #party #champagne #bloodorange
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  1. I love your attitude. My daughter is 8 yrs old and I always say every year is the best year. I can’t imagine what she will be like at 25. I’ll have to make this cocktail and contemplate that!

  2. I still refer to my adult children as “my kids”. Yes, they do grow up fast and I agree with you every stage is the best stage. Happy Birthday to Ashley, and congratulations to Mom and Dad.

  3. So lovely. Kids will always be kids in your eyes no matter how much they’ve grown! hehe. That’s what my dad always says to me! These blood orange drinks look amazing! And I love your food styling here! Those pretty napkins go well with it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy birthday to Ashley!

  4. I know, they grow too quickly right! My baby is 29 this year! This drink sounds and looks real fun, it is definitely a celebratory drink! Happy Birthday to your daughter!

  5. I really enjoyed your story about how this drink came to be and how your daughter has grown up as my daughter has. It’s still kind of weird hearing her cuss. She’s still my Lil girl. Anyways, I was wondering if using this blood orange with a sparkling water, flavored of course, would be a good substitute since I haven’t drank in many years. Thank you for all the great recipes and stories.

    1. Hi Vaughn! Thanks for the lovely comment! I actually made this again without the alcohol. I’ll probably put it into another recipe, but this is what you do. Make a simple syrup (1 1/2 cups water with 1 cup sugar (or sugar substitute) – warm until sugar dissolves and let cool. Then mix with orange juice as this recipe states, but don’t add any more sugar. I served with sparkling mineral water. So refreshing and tasty!

  6. Awwww I love you mom! Thanks for helping create such a great birthday โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ