Cranberries are not just for Christmas!
In this riff on the classic French 75, I have substituted the fresh lemon juice for cranberry juice to make – a Cranberry French 75 ! I think the dry tartness of cranberries works very well with champagne when softened by a touch of simple syrup.
The original French 75 was popularized in the Savoy Cocktail Book of 1930 but it was probably around before then. It is believed to have been invented in the New York Bar in Paris during World War I and named after the French 75mm gun, such was its kick. But champagne cups or Tom Collins have been around since the 19th century and the French 75 seems to be a continuation of both of these.
- 45 ml London Dry gin
- 15 ml Cranberry juice
- 5 ml Simple syrup
- 75 ml Champagne
Add first 3 ingredients to a shaker with ice.
Shake until cold and beads of condensation start to form on the outside of the shaker. This drink needs to be really cold to taste its best.
Strain through a hawthorn strainer into a champagne flute.
Top with champagne.
Garnish with fresh cranberries.
If you like your cocktails to be a little on the tart side then reduce the simple syrup and add more cranberry juice.
Simple syrup is easily made by adding 1 cup of water to 2 cups of sugar in a pan. Slowly heat until the sugar dissolves. Then pour into a sterilised bottle. Store in the fridge for a few weeks.
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