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Rosemary 75 Champagne Cocktail

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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! 

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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.

A refreshing New Year's Eve Cocktail! Get the color changing Rosemary 75 champagne cocktail recipe on

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.

A refreshing New Year's Eve Cocktail! Get the color changing Rosemary 75 champagne cocktail recipe on

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!

A refreshing New Year's Eve Cocktail! Get the color changing Rosemary 75 champagne cocktail recipe on

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. 😉

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For more celebration-worthy cocktail recipes, keep scrolling. I invited friends! 😉

Rosemary 75 Champagne Cocktail

Rosemary 75 Champagne Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2-3 4 " sprigs of fresh rosemary

Rosemary 75

  • 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):

  1. Gently bruise the rosemary sprigs and place into a small saucepan with the water and sugar.
  2. Stir over medium heat until the sugar completely dissolves, then transfer to a glass container or mason jar.
  3. Cool to room temperature then refrigerate up to 3 days.

To Make the Rosemary 75

  1. Pour the simple syrup and gin into a champagne flute.
  2. Add the flower extract if using.
  3. Place the rosemary sprig into the glass and garnish each flute with a lemon wedge.
  4. When ready to serve, fill each flute with sparkling wine and squeeze in the lemon wedge.
  5. Enjoy responsibly!


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  • Reply
    Whitney @ That Square Plate
    January 1, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    haha! I have a little rosemary plant too that hasn’t died yet either! I applaud us 🙂 I need to make some rosemary simple syrup too, because I’m always trying to find new things to use my ‘fresh herbs’ with! I’m off all weekend, so may have to splurge with this cocktail!!

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      The Godmother
      January 3, 2016 at 10:45 am

      YES! Hooray to plants that have survived (so far). 🙂

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    January 1, 2016 at 10:07 am

    *googles butterfly pea flower*
    Anyway, had no idea how much I’d been waiting for a purple cocktail. This is GORG!!

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    Paige @ Where Latin Meets Lagniappe
    December 31, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    I LOVE these color changing cocktails! Seriously the coolest NYE cocktail I’ve ever seen! Now…to find that pea flower extract! Any tips on where to look for it?

    • Reply
      The Godmother
      January 1, 2016 at 10:16 am

      About mid-way through the post, I have a link to Amazon where you can find it online! The Amazon link ended up cheaper than purchasing directly from the company after shipping at the time I ordered. If you have specialty wine/liquor shops, they may also carry it as well as certain Whole Foods. 🙂

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    Brian Jones
    December 29, 2015 at 5:03 am

    Many many moons ago I used to work in a cocktail bar when I was at college and this is very much an old school favourite, love your twist on it the rosemary will match wonderfully with the gin!

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    December 27, 2015 at 10:35 am

    What a fun cocktail for NYE! I have never put any herbs in my drinks, but I do love rosemary. I bet the smell is amazing!

    • Reply
      The Godmother
      December 27, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Thanks! We mostly use mint and basil in drinks, but rosemary is a new favorite! It smells great and is so refreshing on the palate.

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    Byron Thomas
    December 27, 2015 at 9:29 am

    I’m so impressed! I don’t drink alcohol at all, but I think these are just fancy dancy!

    • Reply
      The Godmother
      December 27, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Thank you! I think the simple syrup would also blend quite nicely with non-alcoholic sparkling cider. 😉 And you just omit the gin.

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    Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love.
    December 21, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    This is seriously awesome! I’ve never tried a savory element like rosemary in a drink before. If you haven’t found a way to use up all that extract by May we will definitely need to try this drink! 🙂

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      The Godmother
      December 22, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      Um, 1 bottle makes like 80 drinks, so most definitely not! Haha

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    Nicole @Little Blog on the Homestead
    December 20, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    This is SO cool!! A color changing cocktail…you’re blowing my mind! I’m glad that your rosemary grew nicely, we’re going to be starting a windowsill herb garden so that we can have some fresh herbs all year round at our house and I’m definitely doing rosemary it’s so yummy smelling

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      The Godmother
      December 22, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      You should see the change in something like a martini. Totally awesome. A windowsill herb garden is a wonderful idea! I tend to kill those though, they’re a different skill I think. 😉 My mother in law says having rosemary growing in/around the house brings prosperity.

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    December 18, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    These are such gorgeous drinks! They definitely have that WOW factor. I bet they are as delicious as they are beautiful!

    • Reply
      The Godmother
      December 18, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      Thank you! We liked that they were very refreshing, like a palate cleanser as you drink. The only problem is, it makes it easy to grab another!

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    December 18, 2015 at 10:05 am

    These are absolutely beautiful! I am sending the recipe to my future sister in law that is planning a purple wedding…these would be perfect!

    • Reply
      The Godmother
      December 18, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks! I’m really happy with how they turned out, and they would be darling for a wedding!

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