The French 75 is celebratory cocktail with a punch. My spin on the classic adds pomegranate and elderberry liqueur for a depth of flavor that will surely get the party started.

    
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Pomegranate French 75 Recipe

The French 75 has become one of my absolute favorite cocktails. It's simplistic but incredibly delicious and refreshing. If you feel like mimosas are overrated give the French 75 a shot.

What You Need For This Recipe

  • Congac or Gin
  • Elderberry Liqueur  
  • Pomegranate Juice
  • Lemon Juice
  • Champagne (or sparkling wine)
  • Pomegranate Seeds (optional)
  • Rosemary Sprigs (optional)

What Is A French 75?

During World War I,  the French utilized the quick firing 75 millimeter field gun. It was said that the cocktail, had a punch like of being shot by the weapon thus the name French 75.

There were many versions of this recipe throughout history but it wasn't officially solidified until 1927. The classic recipe consists of gin, lemon juice, sugar and champagne. There is some debate on whether the French 75 was made originally with gin or cognac. In this recipe you get to choose.

Pomegranate French 75 Recipe

How To Make A Pomegranate French 75?

As always for drink served without ice, place your glasses in the fridge or freezer prior to making the cocktail. Over ice, pour in your gin or cognac, elderberry liqueur, lemon juice and pomegranate juice. Give it a shake till ice cold, about 10 seconds. Then strain into champagne flute and top off with cold champagne or sparkling wine. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and pomegranate seeds. 

Here's a list of some of my favorite brands for making this recipe:
  • Cognac - Since this is a French 75 go for a French cognac brand like Courvoisier and Remy Martin. 
  • Gin - If going to use a gin, my preference is a fruity/floral variety like Hendrick's or Esme.
  • Elderberry Liqueur - St. Germain is the best there is. Drillaud, as a less pricey option is pretty good.
  • Champagne - Go for a brut/dry Champagne or sparkling wine.  For Champagne (meaning from Champagne, France) Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and of course the famous Dom Perignon. Sparkling wines like Cooks, Korbel and Chandon are easy to find and reasonably priced. My advice is to go for a sparkling wine instead of a champagne if you are serving a crowd on a budget. It hits either way.
Pomegranate French 75 Recipe

Tips For Making This Recipe

  • French 75 can be made with cognac or gin. If going to use a gin, a fruity/floral variety like Hendrick's or Esme.
  • Champagne (meaning from Champagne, France) is a lot pricier than sparkling wines, use the latter instead if serving a crowd on a budget. 
  • So the recipe isn't too sweet, go for a brut/dry champagne or sparkling wine.