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.
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.
Enjoy this rose syrup French 75 during the holidays or any time that calls for celebration. The French 75 is also a great cocktail to pair with spicy foods.
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 cocktail in that rose syrup’s future.
Tips and tricks
About Empress 1908 gin
This rose syrup French 75 is made with Empress gin. Empress 1908 gin is a botanical gin from Victoria Distillers in British Columbia, Canada. It gets its color from butterfly pea flowers.
Empress gin changes color because butterfly pea flowers have anthocyanins, just like red cabbage. And anthocyanins change colors when you vary the pH.
If you remember high school chemistry, at higher pH (i.e. more basic), these compounds produce a blue or purple color. At a lower pH (i.e. more acidic) they are more red. So adding lemon juice to Empress 1908 gin turns it pink because lemon juice has a very low pH (2.0) due to the citric acid.
You can turn any gin purple by infusing it with butterfly pea flowers or adding butterfly pea flower powder.
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 this 1883 Routin rose syrup. But it also 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.
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.
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.
Variations and substitutions
- Sub in any simple syrup to vary the flavor of your French 75.
- Increase the rose syrup to a full ounce for greater floral flavor.
- Sub elderflower liqueur or another liqueur in place of the simple syrup.
- Sub a dry gin in place of the Empress.
Go ahead and shake and dance to whatever song you like. But there a few things you shouldn’t do.
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.
Open sparkling wine will lose carbonation over time. So it’s best enjoyed immediately, but it will keep some carbonation over a few days.
Check out other uglyducklingbakery adult beverages like the dry martini, Pornstar martini, gin espresso martini or creamy 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.
Rose Syrup French 75
- 1 Cocktail shaker
- 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
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Gorgeous photo and this was super duper delish, as well.
Thanks Debbye – so glad you enjoyed this French 75! J