Happy Wednesday, friends! With warm weather on the horizon, spring blooming in the air, vaccines in plentiful supply, it’s time to start planning your next soiree! To get started, I’m sharing a fabulous and unique cocktail recipe by my dear friend Courtney of Savor Style. She came up with this recipe for the opening party for my Storefront back in the fall of 2019.
If you love a French 75, this cocktail is right up your alley. Using that classic recipe as the base, Courtney gave it a flavorful twist. We’re calling it the Swan 75.
Ingredients (enough to make one cocktail)
- 1 ounce gin
- ½ ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- ½ ounce sage simple syrup, chilled
- 3 ounces sparkling Rose, chilled
- Garnish: lemon twist or sage
For the simple syrup, I boiled 1 cup water, 1 cup granulated sugar, and about 10-12 leaves of freshly chopped sage. The sage must be fresh, otherwise you won’t get the same flavor. Boil until sugar is dissolved. Pour the sage simple syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a mason jar or lidded container. Cool in the refrigerator for at least a few hours, or overnight.
For the Sparkling Rose, I love the Louis de Grenelle - Rose Saumur Cuvee Corail Brut. It’s very similar to Mirabelle, another of my favorites, but about half the price. Any dry rose will work though.
For the gin, I prefer Hendricks. It’s one of the best overall gins and is great for mixed drinks.
To cut the lemon peel in a twist/curl, use this fun tool. Primarily, the tool is for zesting but also works beautifully for this!
Combine your gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a shaker over ice, give it a few shakes and pour into your favorite estelle coup! Top with your chilled sparkling rose and lemon twist and enjoy!
Everyone feels fancy drinking a French 75 and the sage and rose really add something extra. This fresh take on a classic drink is fun, different, sure to impress your guests. Cheers!