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The Third Day of Christmas…Bergamot Ruby French 75

written by Julie Cohn

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

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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Bergamot Ruby French 75

  • 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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