Rose Syrup French 75: an Empress Gin Cocktail

Rose Syrup French 75: an Empress Gin Cocktail

This rose syrup French 75 recipe is the perfect cocktail to use some of that rose syrup that you were gifted for the holidays. It’s a well-balanced Empress gin cocktail that’s festive and floral but not too sweet.

Me, I bought my bottle of rose syrup in order to make this burfi for the reddit 52 weeks of baking challenge (Week 44: Diwali).

sliced rose cardamom burfi

But I could see a cocktail clearly in that rose syrup’s future.

How to open a bottle of bubbly

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

Step 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.
Step 2: remove the foil wrapping around the cork and wire cage.
Step 3: put your hand on top of the bottle and carefully untwist and remove the wire cage.
Step 4: now put your hand on the cork and hold it firmly. Slowly and gently rotate the bottle until the cork quietly pops out.

a champagne flute with rose syrup french 75 and lemon twist

FAQs about this rose syrup Empress French 75

Is there a right way or wrong way to shaking a cocktail?

Go ahead and shake and dance to whatever song you like. But there a few things you shouldn’t do.

Where did you get your rose syrup?

I bought this 1883 Routin rose syrup but it also possible to make your own rose syrup from dried rose petals.

How do you store rose syrup?

Like all simple syrups, it will keep in the refrigerator for a few weeks.

What are some other recipes with 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. I’m tempted to make a version of my Earl Grey and lavender cake with rose instead of lavender. Or maybe some strawberry-rose jam.

How 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.

Rose Syrup French 75: an Empress Gin Cocktail

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Author uglyducklingbakery


  • 1 ounce Empress 1908 gin or other floral gin
  • 0.5 ounce lemon juice
  • 0.5 ounce rose syrup
  • 4 ounces sparkling wine
  • lemon twist


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the gin, lemon juice, and rose syrup.
    1 ounce Empress 1908 gin or other 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 with the lemon twist.
    4 ounces sparkling wine, lemon twist


If you would like a stronger floral flavor, increase the rose syrup to 1 ounce.
There are an infinite number of variations on this rose syrup French 75. Some suggestions for substitutions: use a lavender simple syrup in place of the rose syrup. Or an elderflower liqueur like St. Germain.

add French 75 variations, add more rose syrup

What’s next?

If you make this rose syrup Empress French 75, please leave a comment here or share a pic with me on Instagram!

Check out other uglyducklingbakery adult beverages like the gin espresso martini, cherry bakewell cocktail, or this cranberry Negroni.

If you’re looking for other Empress gin cocktails, here’s the Lady Bridgerton, which is made with Earl Grey tea and Empress 1908 gin. Or try another twist on a classic with this lavender gimlet Empress gin cocktail.

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