It’s my birthday, and I’m celebrating with a Raspberry French 75! This is one drink you’ll definitely want to add to your cocktail repertoire.
So, it’s my birthday! The day will mostly be filled with packing for my upcoming move, which is just three days away at this point. I wanted to do something fun though, and of course, I can never resist a great cocktail.
My Raspberry French 75 is a simple twist on a classic. I sipped my first French 75 a few years ago and loved it immediately. The cocktail is made from a combination of gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar … simple, but wonderful.
The French 75 has an interesting story. It was created in 1915 by Harry MacElhone at the New York Bar in Paris. As you can imagine, a drink combining gin and champagne is quite potent, and the cocktail was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun.
I can’t attest to that, but it’s definitely a strong (but delicious) drink.
The first step in making this drink is the raspberry simple syrup. It’s simply a matter of heating together sugar, water, and fresh raspberries, so don’t let that step dissuade you from making this drink.
Once the simple syrup is ready, you’ll combine it with gin, lemon juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker and give it a good shake. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can use a mason jar like I did. Just be extra careful, since you are working with glass, not a metal shaker.
Strain this mixture into a champagne glass, then top it off with champagne (or another dry sparkling wine), and your Raspberry French 75 is ready to enjoy. Cheers!
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 6 oz. fresh raspberries (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 1 1/2 oz. gin
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. raspberry simple syrup
- dry sparkling wine
- raspberries for garnish
- Combine sugar, water, and raspberries in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring to a simmer, stirring often, then reduce heat to medium-low.
- Continue cooking at a low simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- Place a fine mesh strainer over a small bowl, then pour in syrup.
- Press with the back of a spoon, getting as much liquid as possible through strainer.
- Discard seeds, then chill syrup until cool.
- Remove rind from lemon in a long strip.
- Slice rind thinly (keeping it in a long strip), then set aside.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add gin, lemon juice (from lemon), and simple syrup to shaker.
- Shake until chilled.
- Strain mixture into a champagne glass.
- Top off glass with champagne.
- Garnish with lemon rind and a fresh raspberry.
- Serve immediately. Enjoy!
The Raspberry Simple Syrup recipe yields about 1 1/2 cups. Use the leftovers in other cocktails, mixed with seltzer for a mocktail, or added to lemonade.
Tip: even with the simple syrup, this drink isn’t very sweet. I like that personally, but if you’d like a sweeter, slightly less strong drink, add a little extra raspberry simple syrup.