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Cranberry French 75

Let’s toast to the holiday season with this cheery cranberry French 75! Prepared with a spiced cranberry simple syrup and squeeze of fresh lemon juice, this recipe adds a festive twist on a classic Champagne cocktail that's perfect for any special occasion. The holiday season is about to get extra fun with this oh-so-smooth, elegant cranberry Champagne cocktail.
Course Beverages
Cuisine French
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Steeping Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Calories 210kcal

Equipment

  • Medium saucepan
  • Fine-mesh sieve
  • Jigger or small measuring cup
  • Cocktail shaker

Ingredients

Spiced Cranberry Simple Syrup

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg preferably freshly grated
  • teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch of ground cloves

Cranberry French 75

  • 1 ½ ounces London dry gin
  • 1 ounce spiced cranberry simple syrup
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • 2-3 ounces Champagne or sparkling white wine
  • Fresh rosemary sprig for garnish, optional

Instructions

Spiced Cranberry Simple Syrup

  • In a small saucepan, add the cranberries, water, sugar, cinnamon sticks, orange zest, ground ginger, nutmeg and cloves over medium-high heat.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and allow the mixture to steep for another 10 minutes.
  • Place a bowl under a fine-mesh sieve. Strain the syrup in the fine-mesh sieve. Store the cranberry simple syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several weeks.

Cranberry French 75

  • In a cocktail shaker, add the gin, cranberry simple syrup, lemon juice and a handful of ice. Put on the top and shake vigorously, about 15-30 seconds.
  • Strain into a Champagne flute. Top with Champagne. If desired, garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig. Enjoy!

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Notes

To make a 12-serving pitcher, stir together 2 ¼ cups gin, 1 ½ cups cranberry simple syrup and ¾ cup lemon juice and store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When you're ready to serve, gently pour in one 750-milliliter bottle of chilled Champagne. If you make a full pitcher with 12 servings, you'll want to make 1 ½ batch of spiced cranberry simple syrup.
  • Once you make the cranberry simple syrup, it should last several weeks as long as you store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • You can substitute fresh cranberries for frozen. There's no need to thaw -- just add to the saucepan as you would with fresh cranberries.
  • The standard quantity of gin for a French 75 is 1 ½ ounces, but if you prefer less of a kick, use 1 ounce.
  • For the best flavor, use freshly squeezed lemon juice. Bottled lemon juice isn't nearly as bright.
  • Not a fan of gin? You can substitute vodka instead. While it won’t technically be a traditional French 75, it will be your own spin that better suits your tastes.
  • Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink | Sodium: 21mg | Calcium: 11mg | Vitamin C: 8mg | Vitamin A: 2IU | Sugar: 22g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 96mg | Calories: 210kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 1g | Protein: 1g | Carbohydrates: 23g | Iron: 1mg