This recipe is my modernized take on a classic French 75. By infusing the ingredients with a homemade rosemary simple syrup, the cocktail is given a more earthy, herbaceous flavor. I even substituted the sugar for honey so the syrup can bring a healthier aspect to the drink.

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! I also added ginger beer to the recipe to give each swallow a more memorable taste.

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!

You Will Need

  • 2 ounces dry gin ( I use Hendrick’s)
  • ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ounces champagne
  • Splash of Fever Tree ginger beer
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2/3 cup of honey
  • 4 sprigs of garden rosemary
  • Garnish with a long spiral lemon twist and a rosemary sprig
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How to Make

rosemary- simple syrup: Combine 1 cup of water, 2/3 cup of honey, and 4 sprigs rosemary in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until the honey dissolves. Simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let syrup steep, about 30 minutes. Pour syrup into a jar through a mesh strainer to remove rosemary leaves; let cool.*syrup can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks.*

The Drink: Combine gin, rosemary – simple syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into an iced champagne glass. Top with champagne and a splash of ginger beer. Stir gently. Garnish with lemon twist and fresh sprig of rosemary.

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click here for another fall-themed cocktail: Spiced-Cranberry Old Fashioned