Blood Orange French 75

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Written by Abigail Jolly
September 29, 2023 | Reading time 5 minutes

A drink fitting for a day of love, we're rolling out the red carpet for the Blood Orange French 75, a citrus-kissed twist on the classic French 75—a cocktail so fantastic, it's been named after an artillery gun. We promise it's much easier to handle! This refreshing libation intertwines the sweet-tart zing of blood oranges with the delicate effervescence of sparkling wine. It's sophisticated, it's lively, and it’s the perfect concoction to brighten your day.

How to Make A Blood Orange French 75

Blood Orange French 75

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Ingredients
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
Easy
Skill
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Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ ounces gin
  • 1 small blood orange
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 2 oz white wine
  • Ice
  • Sensei Soda Maker

Instructions

Step 1

Fill a mixing glass with ice and pour in gin, blood orange juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, and white wine. Mix until the glass is cold.

Step 2

Strain the mixture into your Sensei Soda Maker bottle and pump 2-3 times — filling the bottle with lots of bubbles!

Step 3

Pour your now bubbly mixture into a champagne flute and garnish with a blood orange slice. Enjoy!

Why Should I Have a Blood Orange French 75 Over The Classic?

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The Blood Orange French 75 isn't just some rogue offshoot of the classic; it elevates the original to new, fruity heights. The addition of blood orange adds an exotic twist, both in flavor and aesthetics. This citrus variant is enticingly sweet yet tart, lending the drink a delightful zing and a gorgeous ruby hue that's nothing short of enchanting. Plus, an extra touch of white wine deepens the flavor, ensuring this cocktail isn't just visually stunning but also taste-bud-tantalizing. So why settle for the classic when you can have a taste of the extraordinary? The Blood Orange French 75 doesn't just honor its roots; it's bold, it's fresh, and it's unapologetically itself — just like the best of us!

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Serving Suggestions for the Blood Orange French 75

The Blood Orange French 75 makes an excellent companion for celebratory occasions or languid weekend brunches. Its vibrant hue and sparkling personality make it a crowd-pleaser at parties. This cocktail pairs beautifully with a variety of dishes, particularly seafood and light appetizers. For an added touch of elegance, serve it alongside a platter of oysters or shrimp cocktail. If you're planning a more casual gathering, try pairing the Blood Orange French 75 with a cheese and charcuterie board. The cocktail's sweetness cuts through the richness of the cheese, while its effervescence cleanses the palate, preparing it for the next tantalizing bite.

Exploring Variations of the Blood Orange French 75

If you're feeling adventurous or simply don't have blood oranges at hand, feel free to experiment with other citrus fruits. Grapefruits can add a unique tangy zest, while Meyer lemons offer a sweeter, floral note to your cocktail. Moreover, if you're not a fan of gin, vodka can be a perfect substitute, making the drink smoother and milder. These variations allow you to put a personal spin on this classic cocktail, ensuring there's a version of the Blood Orange French 75 for every taste and preference.

What Are the Health Benefits of Blood Oranges?

While the Blood Orange French 75 is first and foremost a delightful treat, it's worth noting that blood oranges bring a host of health benefits to the table. Packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants, they can boost your immune system, enhance your skin health, and even contribute to heart health. Moreover, the flavonoids they contain may have anti-inflammatory properties. So while you're sipping on your delicious Blood Orange French 75, you can also take comfort in the fact that you're enjoying some health benefits, too.

Similar Read: What Are The Benefits of Drinking Sparkling Water?

Top 7 Best Occasions to Serve Blood Orange French 75's:

  1. Valentine's Day: This cocktail, with its vibrant red hue and romantic citrus twist, is a perfect toast to love.
  2. Garden Parties: The freshness of this drink plays well with the outdoor setting, making it a great choice for sunny, alfresco gatherings.
  3. Holiday Celebrations: Whether it's Christmas or New Year's Eve, the Blood Orange French 75 adds a touch of elegance and festive cheer to any holiday bash.
  4. Weddings: This sparkling cocktail can add some extra sparkle to your big day. It's a chic and delicious option for a wedding toast.
  5. Brunches: The Blood Orange French 75's delightful mix of citrus and bubbles pairs beautifully with brunch dishes, making it a wonderful addition to your brunch menu.
  6. Cocktail Parties: Impress your guests at your next cocktail party with this unique take on a classic drink.
  7. Summer Soirees: Bring in the summer vibes with this cool and refreshing cocktail that's perfect for lounging poolside or beachfront.

Can I Make This Recipe With Any Soda Maker?

blood orange french 75

Sadly no. Not all soda makers are created equal and the key to nailing this recipe is using a soda maker with a removable head. The removable head is crucial as it lets you directly carbonate your cocktail mix, transforming it into a bubbly delight.

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Can I Use Sparkling Wine Instead of a Soda Maker?

Of course you can, however, when you use a soda maker that has a removable head, you are not only just carbonating the wine from still to sparkling, but the entire cocktail itself. That means you truly have a sparkling Blood Orange French 75 and not just a topping of sparkling champagne.

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What is the History of a French 75?

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The French 75, named after the potent 75mm field gun used by the French military during World War I, has a history as rich and heady as the cocktail itself. It was concocted during the war years, with its powerful kick being likened to the impact of an artillery piece. The original recipe called for a mix of gin, lemon juice, sugar, and Champagne, a combination that packed a punch and was notably popular among soldiers.

After the war, the French 75 found its place in the glitz and glamour of the Roaring Twenties. It made its printed debut in "Harry's ABC of Mixing Cocktails" by Harry MacElhone, the proprietor of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, a popular spot for American soldiers during and after the war. Later, the cocktail gained literary fame when it was mentioned in classic works like "The Long Goodbye" by Raymond Chandler. Over the years, the French 75 has evolved but remains a classic, embodying a timeless mix of sophistication and strength.

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