A delicious and festive looking cocktail, this Pomegranate French 75 will wow your guests this holiday season!
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Oh Christmas season how I love thee! My house is decorated and has never looked prettier. The presents are patiently waiting to be wrapped and gifted. My fridge and pantry are heaving with all the festive goodies, and I haven’t even started baking pies and cookies!
It’s all so exciting! To me, the holiday season is a great time to try a little extra. A little more colour, and little more sparkle, and putting a special twist on an old favourite!
The French 75
One of my all time favourite drinks is a French 75. It starts with a little gin, lemon juice and sugar and adds a large topping of champagne or other sparkling wine. It’s refreshing and incredibly tasty, worthy of its legendary reputation!
Because the classic version of the drink is fairly straight down the middle, it’s the perfect base for a bit of experimentation.
This Pomegranate French 75 was created with Christmas parties in mind. I adapted the classic recipe by adding pomegranate juice for unique flavour and a splash of festive colour.
Real pomegranate juice adds a beautiful colour so fitting for the season, with a few bonus pomegranate seeds that look like precious jewels in your drink! You can top it with champagne or Prosecco. Or skip gin and top it with soda water for a delicious non-alcoholic version!
Because the amount of gin is so small in a French 75, it is actually a fairly light cocktail. A bit stiffer than a glass of sparkling wine, but much less than a classic martini.
Because this Pomegranate French 75 adds juice as well, it is even less alcoholic than the traditional version. This means that it is easier for your guests to stay refreshed without tipping over the edge!
Recipe Tips and Notes
The method for making a Pomegranate French 75 is very simple! Simply add all the ingredients except for the sparkling wine to a shaker with a lot of ice.
Shake it vigorously to combine the ingredients and to get it as cold as you can. Then pour into champagne glasses and top with the sparkling wine.
Garnish is a great way to add a bit of flair to the cocktail. I dropped in a few extra pomegranate seeds and added a sprig of pine to create a beautiful look!
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Pomegranate French 75
- 150 ml/ ⅓ cup pomegranate juice
- 40 ml /1.5 oz gin
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 1-2 tsp simple syrup
- Champagne Prosecco or Soda Water/Tonic Water
- Pomegranate seeds optional
- 2 evergreen sprigs for decorating optional
- In a cocktail shaker combine pomegranate juice, gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup and shake with ice.
- Pour in champagne flutes and top with champagne or soda water. (For non-alcoholic version omit gin and top with soda water or tonic water).
- Drop a few pomegranate seeds in each glass and decorate with evergreen sprigs for a festive touch.