Rose Syrup French 75

This Rose Syrup French 75 is a festive variation of a classic cocktail made with Empress gin for color and rose syrup for floral flavor. It’s a variation on the classic French 75 recipe that includes gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup topped with bubbly.

Enjoy this rose syrup cocktail during the holidays or any time that calls for celebration. The French 75 is also a great cocktail to pair with spicy foods.

rose syrup french 75 cocktail garnished with lemon twist in a flute.
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Ingredients

Gin

The French 75 typically uses a juniper-forward dry gin, but the floral flavor of rose syrup goes with more floral gins as well. If you love the taste and color of Empress gin, try an Empress gin cocktail like the Elderflower Collins or Lavender Gimlet. Or make a purple Water Lily cocktail with crème de violette.

 

About simple syrups

Simple syrups are really easy to make and let you vary your cocktails in an infinite number of ways. Start with equal amounts of sugar and water and then pick your flavor!

I bought 1883 Routin rose syrup, but it possible to use dried rose petals to make your own rose syrup for this gin and rose syrup cocktail. Like all simple syrups, it will keep in the refrigerator for a few weeks.

Sparkling wine

The classic French 75 is made with Champagne, a sparkling wine from a specific region in France. Feel free to substitute any sparkling wine rated dry or drier (you can read more about classification of sparkling wine in this pornstar martini recipe). And if you love bubbly, try a Prosecco cocktail like the Negroni spritz.

Please see the recipe card below for complete information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations and substitutions

  • Sub in another simple syrup, like this blackberry simple syrup.
  • Increase the rose syrup to a full ounce for greater floral flavor.
  • Sub elderflower liqueur or passion fruit liqueur in place of the simple syrup.
  • Sub a dry gin in place of the Empress.
  • Use bourbon to make it a French 95.

Recipe tips and tricks

How to open sparkling wine

Whether your bubbly is an expensive French Champagne, an Italian Prosecco, or an everyday brut, everyone should know how to open sparkling wine without making a mess.

  1. Find a place to open your bubbly that isn’t going to take out an eye or break some glass if the cork escapes you.
  2. Remove the foil wrapping around the cork and wire cage.
  3. Put your hand on top of the bottle and carefully untwist and remove the wire cage.
  4. Now put your hand on the cork and hold it firmly. Slowly and gently rotate the bottle until the cork quietly pops out.

Step by step

Step 1: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the gin, lemon juice, and rose syrup. Shake these together and double strain the base into a champagne flute.

Step 2: Top with the sparkling wine, and garnish your rose syrup cocktail with the lemon twist. Enjoy!

pink purple sparklng wine cocktail in flute garnished with lemon spiral.

Cocktail FAQs

Is there a wrong way to shake a cocktail?

Some times you want to shake with ice. Some times you want a dry shake. But no matter what, you should always shake and dance to whatever song you like! But there a few things you shouldn’t do.

What are some other uses for rose syrup?

You could sub rose syrup for other simple syrups in most other cocktails. Rose milk, simply rose-flavored milk, is another common use for rose syrup. Use it in a rose buttercream. Or maybe some strawberry-rose jam to use in strawberry pop tarts, Bakewell blondies, or strawberry Linzer cookies.

How long will bubbly stay bubbly in the refrigerator?

Open sparkling wine will lose carbonation over time. So it’s best enjoyed immediately, but it will keep some carbonation over a few days. So use it to make other sparkling cocktails like that pornstar martini or a Negroni spritz!

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Recipe

Rose Syrup French 75

5 from 3 votes
Category: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 162kcal
This rose syrup French 75 is a well-balanced gin cocktail that's festive and floral but not too sweet.
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Equipment

  • 1 Cocktail shaker

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce floral gin use Empress 1908 for the purple color
  • 0.5 ounce lemon juice
  • 0.5 ounce rose syrup
  • 4 ounces sparkling wine
  • lemon twist

Instructions

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the gin, lemon juice, and rose syrup.
    1 ounce floral gin, 0.5 ounce lemon juice, 0.5 ounce rose syrup
  • Shake and strain into a champagne flute.
  • Top with the sparkling wine, and garnish your rose syrup cocktail with the lemon twist.
    4 ounces sparkling wine, lemon twist

Notes

If you want your rose syrup cocktail to have a stronger floral flavor, increase the rose syrup to 1 ounce.
To make variations of this rose syrup French 75, substitute a lavender simple syrup for another floral cocktail. Or sub in an elderflower liqueur like St. Germain.
The classic French 75 is made with Champagne, a sparkling wine from a specific region in France. But you should feel free to substitute any dry sparkling wine in this cocktail.

Nutrition

Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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Backstory

I bought a bottle of rose syrup in order to make burfi for the reddit 52 weeks of baking challenge (Week 44: Diwali). But I could see a rose syrup cocktail in my future.

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