A riff off the French 75, this Raspberry Pink 75 Cocktail is a game changer and has “refreshing” written all over it. The hints of sweetness, spice, and understated floral notes from the elderflower rose gin paired with homemade raspberry simple syrup, lemon juice, and sparkling rosé will set any celebration off right!
A classic French 75 cocktail is made in a similar fashion (gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and Champagne.), but my rendition is a “pinked out” version. The X factor is the type of gin used. The elderflower rose gin has the perfect blend of sweetness, spice, and floral notes that make it the ideal base for this recipe.
While the story behind the classic French 75 involves a powerful 75mm Howitzer field gun, which was said to have a “kick,” this cocktail is far from boozy. On the contrary, it’s quite approachable, light, and fruity — well…and maybe a little potent. 🙂
Ingredients you’ll need to make this cocktail:
- It all starts with the gin, and using an elderflower rose gin makes this cocktail unique. It also boosts the drink’s pink color. I used Empress 1908’s Elderflower Rose Gin.
- While the classic French 75 calls for champagne, I used sparkling rosé. You can use any type of rosé for this recipe or substitute champagne or prosecco. I used Luc Belaire Luxe Rosé.
- The homemade raspberry simple syrup consists of fresh raspberries, sugar, and water.
- The citrus comes in from the fresh lemon juice, which also balances the sweetness from the other ingredients.
How to make a Raspberry Pink (French) 75 cocktail:
- Make the raspberry simple syrup. Place 2 cups of water, 2 cups of sugar, and 1 cup of fresh raspberries into to saucepot and bring to a slight boil. Muddle the raspberries in the pot and allow to simmer for 7 minutes before removing from the heat and allowing to cool. Strain the simple syrup to separate the raspberries from the simple syrup. Pour the simple syrup into a jar.
- Prepare the cocktail. Once the simple syrup is ready, you’ll add 2 ounces of elderflower rose gin, 1-ounce raspberry simple syrup, .25 ounces of lemon juice, and ice to a cocktail shaker.
- Shake and strain. Close the lid and shake your cocktail for 30 seconds. Strain into a champagne flute, and top off with sparking rosé.
- Garnish. Garnish with a thin lemon peel and fresh raspberries.
I love creating great tasting cocktails, and this Raspberry Pink 75 Cocktail has become one of my favorite French 75 variations. It’s a great cocktail for date nights, movie nights, brunch, and even family gatherings.
Add this recipe to your cocktail repertoire when you want a gin-based drink that is full of flavor and refreshing at the same time. Cheers!Print