Rose French 75. A spin on the Classic French 75 made with sparkling rosé instead of champagne. This post was made for World Gin Day and sponsored by Drizly.com (all opinions are my own).
Betcha didn’t know there even was one. Who makes these days? Funny enough, I found the answer to that when I was listening to NPR a few months back. Marketplace, a show I really love even though I suck with finances, aired this piece. It answers ALL the questions!
What is Gin Anyway?
Gin is so much more than that clear alcohol you mix with tonic. In it’s simplest form, gin is just a neutral alcohol flavored with juniper berries. If the resulting spirit is not primarily flavored with juniper, then it cannot be called gin. That’s gin law, yo. (Seriously, there’s a gin law)
London Gin, specifically, is always a dry gin.
But I thought It Was Always Rainy In London. How Could It Be Dry?
No. no, dry just means it’s not sweet.
Speaking of gin, I was recently introduced to the Drizly.com (who sponsored this post). It’s a Booze by Mail service that works with your local liquor stores to get your sauce delivered right to your door. Their stock is based on the availability of the stores near you that they work with which isn’t a bad thing. It’s actually super easy to use and I love the fact that I don’t have to get into the car and search the entire freakin county for a specific bottle. Just pick out your alcohol and, in 2 days or so, Brown Santa will bring it to your door. Well, actually it was FedEx this time, but whatever.
So, I asked the good folks at Drizzly to send me a couple of treasures for my World Gin Day concoction.
I wanted to make a French 75 but also put my own spin on it. Your traditional French 75 is made with gin, simple syrup, and champagne/prosecco. This one, however, uses sparkling rosé instead, because why not? Hey, you don’t need a reason for everything.
Reasons. Shmeasons. Let’s Get Drinking!
Yes, let’s! First thing’s first, make simple syrup. Simple syrup is, well, simple. It’s a 1 to 1 ratio of hot water to sugar. Simply fill a measuring cup with 1 cup sugar and put the tea kettle on. Add 1 cup of hot water, stir, and let cool. Told you it was simple.
Next, mix 34 cups of gin, 2 ounces of simple syrup, and 1 ounce of lemon juice together and stir. Grab 8 champagne flutes or coupé glasses and drop 3 raspberries into each one.
I mean, it doesn’t have to be 3 but it’s kind of a magic number for this. Distribute the gin mix equally amongst each glass and top with well chilled sparkling rosé. Boom! Rosé French 75.