Bergamot Ruby French 7512

Bergamot Ruby French 75

written by Julie Cohn

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The traditional Twelve Days of Christmas song brings three french hens on the third day, but I don’t think noone wants hens in their cocktails, so I created a french-inspired cocktail instead! This Bergamot Ruby French 75 is a refreshingly light and festive twist on the traditional French 75 cocktail, made with gin, lemon juice, and champagne.  This version, with flavors of the season, is made with bergamot tea-infused pomegranate, dry gin, orange simple syrup, and sparkling wine, with a sprinkling of fresh pomegranate seeds.

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  • 8 oz. Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 Bergamot Flavored tea bags*
  • 4 oz. London Dry Gin
  • 1 oz. Orange Simple Syrup (recipe below)
  • Ice Cubes
  • Sparkling White Wine or Champagne
  • Fresh pomegranate seeds

Pour the pomegranate juice into a microwave-proof measuring cup.  Heat to almost boiling, about 1 1/2 – 2 minutes.  Remove from the microwave, add the two tea bags, and steep for 3-4 minutes.

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Remove the tea bags and set the pomegranate juice in the refrigerator to chill, about 2 hours.   Place ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.  Add the gin, pomegranate juice, and orange simple syrup and shake well.  Strain into champagne glasses, filling the glass about 1/3 full.  Top with sparkling wine or champagne and sprinkle a few pomegranate seeds.

 Note:  I used Harney & Sons Paris tea for my tea bags, as it is more also has flavors of vanilla and caramel in it, and is more mild than Earl Grey.

Orange Simple Syrup

  • 1 c. Water
  • 3/4 c. White Sugar
  • Peel from 1 Medium Orange

Put the water and sugar in a small saucepan and heat to boiling over high heat.  Lower the heat to low.  Add the orange peels and simmer for about 20-25 minutes, until the syrup thickens slightly.  Remove the orange peels, pour the syrup into a mason jar (with lid) and place in the refrigerator to cool.    Homemade orange simple syrup is a great mix-in for many cocktails including orange collins and margaritas, or to make a refreshing ice tea or orangeade.

Equipment

Twelve Days of Christmas Cocktails

First Day of Christmas:  Gingered Pear Margarita

Second Day of Christmas: Bourbon Caramel Turtle Milkshake

Twelve Days of Christmas Day 3

 

Day 3 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails, A Bergamot Ruby French 75 with bergamot-infused pomegranate juice, dry gin, and champagne.

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