This one is for lovers. Or anytime you have some sparkling wine open - try out our take on the classic French 75 with our Bored-O Rouge Grape Nectar and Benham's Barrel Aged Gin. A simple swap of basic gin and simple syrup for more complex gin and infinitely better sugar alternative will surely impress your Galentines or that special Valentine tonight!
BLEND USED: Bored-O Rouge California Grape Nectar
Tasting Attributes: Bored-O Rouge adds a lingering finish of dark berry and currant that compliments the zinfandel barrel rested gin
Why have a basic French 75 when you can have the Pink variation? The subtle hue of the Benham's Gin combined with a touch of our wine grape sugar brings new life to the classic cocktail. The beautiful pinkish fuchsia color gives the illusion of sweetness, but once this cocktail hits the palate, it is a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. The layers of the cocktail reveal themselves as you continue to sip on it. The perfect way to start the Valentine's celebration.
We can't get enough of Benham's Barrel Rested Gin that sits in zinfandel barrels and has a slightly brick red hue. It's spicy notes are unexpectedly pleasant and pair perfectly with our Bored-O Rouge sweetener. So many fun elements of wine grapes in this cocktail, including a delicious sparkling rosé topper, yet very far from ordinary.
Although we typically our white blends when concocting gin cocktails, the Bored-O Rouge was the definite pairing with the barrel rested gin. This blend of our sugar alternative complimented the oak elements of the gin perfectly. Wine not use a sugar alternative made from cabernet, merlot, and malbec wine grapes when using a barrel aged gin?!
As holds true to the holiday, we recommend finishing this sparkling creation with a fresh rose or rose petals. Fragrant, refreshing, and festive - a guaranteed way to #DrinkBetter this Valentine's!
PINK FRENCH 75 RECIPE
- 1 oz Benham's Barrel Rested Gin
- 0.25 oz fresh lemon juice
- 0.5 oz Bored-O Rouge California Grape Nectar
- Sparkling rosé
- In a Boston shaker, combine gin, lemon, and Grape Nectar. Shake thoroughly to combine.
- Strain into a coupe or champagne flute and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon peel.
- Santé to you and yours!
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