This recipe is my modernized take on a classic French 75. By infusing the ingredients with a homemade rosemary – honey syrup, the cocktail is given a more earthy flavor with floral notes.

Rosemary was used as a main ingredient because it pairs well with the botanicals in the gin and brings out the citrus notes found from the lemon. It is also convenient for this time of year because the herb is in abundance – it just so happens to be one of my favorite potted herbs in the fall!

My rosemary French 75 cocktail is absolutely perfect for sipping on in the fall and winter seasons. Trust me when I say that you won’t want to miss out on making this easy, delicious drink. So now it’s time to whip one up, stoke the fire, and enjoy the bubbly!

Ingredients

this recipe yields 2 cocktails

  • 4 oz dry gin 
  • 4 oz champagne 
  • 1 oz ginger beer
  • 1.5 oz  fresh lemon juice
  • 2 oz rosemary-honey syrup:
    • 1 cup organic honey
    • 1 cup water
    • 5 sprigs of garden rosemary
  • Garnish: each with a long spiral lemon twist and rosemary sprig

Instructions

Rosemary-Honey Syrup

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the honey and water. Stir to dissolve the honey.
  2. Place the rosemary sprigs into the honey water.
  3. Turn the stove on high until the liquid comes to a boil.
  4. Remove from heat, and set aside to cool for 20 minutes. 
  5. Before storing, strain out the rosemary sprigs. The syrup will keep in the fridge for about a week.

Cocktail

  1. Combine the gin, rosemary – honey syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. 
  2. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled champagne glass. 
  3. Top each glass with 2 oz champagne and .5 oz ginger beer. Stir gently. 
  4. Garnish with lemon twist and fresh sprig of rosemary.



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