French 75 might have been my first classic champagne cocktail, and it still ranks pretty high up on my list of favorites. In fact, it may even be the reason I love champagne so much. It is a pretty simple drink and only takes a couple minutes to make, but is pretty and delicious. This Wednesday I got to share the drink with 5 amazing women at our monthly ladies night. This month was an all French them with delicious homemade macaroons, quiche, ridiculous amounts of cheese as well as a few special cookies just for good measure. It was a great night of catching up and we thoroughly enjoyed the blackberry simple syrup as a replacement for the classic simple syrup as you can see in the picture below! I highly recommend trying it, and it is that much better with your best girlfriends! Check out the recipe below and a few others you can use with your homemade Blackberry Simple Syrup.
French 75 w/ Blackberry Syrup
1/4 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz gin
2 dashes of blackberry simple syrup
Combine gin, syrup and lemon juice in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a champagne glass. Top with champagne & stir gently!
If you made the blackberry simple syrup and didn't have a girls' night and use half the bottle, here are a few different recipes where you can concoct a slightly different version of the classics using a flavored simple syrup! All of these are drinkable now, but will be the perfect compliment come spring and summer, they are beautiful and refreshing - every single one!
The Blackberry Bramble - Similar to a short gin sour with a little twist and two blackberries & lemon as garnish!
Blackberry Mint Mojito - This looks perfect for April & May. Simply use the blackberry simple syrup instead of juice.
Bourbon Blackberry Collins - A simple and refreshing drink that requires a lot less work if you use a simple syrup instead of muddle blackberries!
I personally was a huge fan of the French 75, but let me know if one of these strikes your fancy a bit more!