Rose Syrup French 75: an Empress Gin Cocktail

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 recipe for French 75 that calls for gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup topped with bubbly.

Inspiration for this Empress gin cocktail recipe

Me, I bought my 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 clearly in that rose syrup’s future.

sliced rose cardamom burfi.

Tips and tricks for this recipe

About Empress 1908 gin

Empress 1908 gin is a botanical gin from Victoria Distillers in British Columbia, Canada. It gets its color from butterfly pea flowers.

a rose syrup french 75 in a flute glass.

Empress gin changes color because butterfly pea flowers have anthocyanins, just like red cabbage. And anthocyanins will change colors when you vary the pH.

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 turns it pink because lemon juice has a very low pH (2.0) due to the citric acid.

You can make your own purple gin by infusing gin with butterfly pea flowers or adding the 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 make your own rose syrup from dried rose petals. 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.

FAQs about this rose syrup Empress French 75

Is there a wrong way to shake a cocktail?

Go ahead and 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.

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.

Related recipes

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.

Rose Syrup French 75

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


If you would like a stronger floral flavor, increase the rose syrup to 1 ounce.
There are an infinite number of French 75 variations. If you don’t have or don’t like rose syrup, feel free to substitute a lavender simple syrup if you still want a floral cocktail. Or you can also sub an elderflower liqueur like St. Germain.


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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