Every day in our lives is reason for celebration, even the most challenging, because we are blessed to be alive. The closing of one year and beginning of the new is a great time to celebrate what has been and what will be, and what better way to do that than with a little bubbly? Inspired by the original French 75 cocktail, my Rosemary 75 Champagne cocktail recipe is definitely suited for any celebration!
The original French 75 cocktail was created at Harry’s New York Bar in 1915. It was an homage to the French 75mm field gun – one of the most powerful guns of its time. Appropriately, this is a surprisingly strong cocktail, so please be sure to plan accordingly if you choose to imbibe.
Fun fact: The French 75 was one of the signature cocktails offered at our wedding many years ago.
I decided to add my own spin to the drink in two ways. First, I made my own rosemary infused simple syrup using rosemary from my garden. I love rosemary because it’s such an easy way to add lots of flavor to so many dishes, and the plant smells amazing. Also, my plant hasn’t died yet, and that’s a big deal for me as a novice gardener. I used organic sugar for my simple syrup, which is why the syrup has a bit of a yellow hue. The sugar is more golden in color than white, resulting in a golden simple syrup as opposed to one that is clear.
The super cool blue ombre color change was my second modification, and it’s totally optional. But if you’re going to celebrate the changing of the year, why not make it that much cooler with a color changing cocktail? I used a butterfly pea flower extract called B’lure. I purchased it because I was initially looking to make a blue champagne cocktail, but had to find a way to do so without blue curacao, which is really sweet. The butterfly pea flower extract is a natural food color, I can use it for baked goods too, and… this is the really cool part… it changes color based on the surrounding acidity! In a neutral recipe, it will look blue or dark purple, but once you add a bit of acid, it turns bright pink! The effect is really spectacular in a martini, the sparkling wine prevents a really dramatic change, but I think it results in a beautiful pale blue ombre, perfect for a New Year’s Eve cocktail recipe!
To make cocktails for the New Year’s toast easy, I would recommend setting out champagne flutes already prepared with the gin, simple syrup, pea flower extract, rosemary garnish, and lemon wedge on a tray or on your table. Then when you’re ready to toast, simply remove the chilled sparkling wine, pour into glasses and distribute! That’s how savvy hostesses enjoy their own parties. 😉
For more celebration-worthy cocktail recipes, keep scrolling. I invited friends! 😉
Rosemary 75 Champagne Cocktail
Rosemary Simple Syrup
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2-3 4 " sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 1/2 ounce rosemary simple syrup
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- sparkling wine brut preferred
- fresh rosemary sprigs for garnish
- fresh lemon wedges
- 5-6 drops pea flower extract for color
Make the Rosemary Simple Syrup (can be made up to 3 days in advance):
- Gently bruise the rosemary sprigs and place into a small saucepan with the water and sugar.
- Stir over medium heat until the sugar completely dissolves, then transfer to a glass container or mason jar.
- Cool to room temperature then refrigerate up to 3 days.
To Make the Rosemary 75
- Pour the simple syrup and gin into a champagne flute.
- Add the flower extract if using.
- Place the rosemary sprig into the glass and garnish each flute with a lemon wedge.
- When ready to serve, fill each flute with sparkling wine and squeeze in the lemon wedge.
- Enjoy responsibly!
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