18 Sep Healthier Cocktail Recipe // French 75
Happy Monday, y’all! This week is absolute insanity for me. I feel like every single day this week is filled to the brim with meetings, to do’s, errands and more. My day job is speeding up this week, the blog is taking off with a bunch of meetings this week, I have two events to attend [one I’m hosting – IN AUSTIN] and I’m headed to Colorado this weekend for my sister’s wedding, so I’ve got to pack myself, my husband and baby B! Needless to say, I wish I could pour myself a cocktail come 5:00pm… however, pregnancy. So, there’s that. SO I’m going to share this awesome healthier French 75 recipe so that you can raise a glass this evening in my honor!
I love a good French 75. They’re classic. They’re yummy. They just make you feel a tiny bit fancier! I love finding ways to indulge in a healthier manner, and I have to share with you this amazing and simple recipe for a healthier take on this classic drink!
I made this drink a few months ago when I had some girlfriends over for a healthier curated cocktail night that I threw at home. Typically, this drink is shaken [without the champagne] and then topped with the sparkling wine, but I thought it would be fun to chill our French 75 drinks with dry ice instead. This made for a fun and unique experience that all the girls LOVED! If you choose to do this, make sure you never touch the dry ice directly with your hands… It’s so cold, it’ll burn you. I love experimenting with dry ice in cocktails. Check out these drinks I made for a Halloween Party last year.
This French 75 recipe is super simple AND it’s healthier than your typical French 75. The sugar content is much better because it’s sweetened naturally with Lavender Honey Simple Syrup. Sounds pretty intense, right? It’s actually extremely easy to make and takes way less time than making your own simple syrup with granulated sugar. Plus, the lavender honey [which, you could make this with whatever honey you want, I chose lavender] added a totally different aspect to the cocktail. This is the lavender honey I used. You can find it at most stores… It’s just honey made from bees who hang out in lavender fields all day. Cool, right?
How to Make Lavender Honey Simple Syrup
All you do is mix equal parts lavender honey and water and heat them in a saucepan until the honey melts into the water. Pour it into a jar or a bottle and put a cover on it. You can store it for up to two weeks in the fridge! Super Easy!
Here’s the recipe:
- 1 lemon (used for zest and juice)
- 3 tablespoons of gin
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon lavender honey syrup
- 1/4 cup of dry champagne, chilled
- 1 small piece of dry ice (optional)
- Using zester, I used this one, cut the peel from lemon in a long, thin piece. Roll the piece in your fingers to form a spiral.
- In a champagne flute, pour the gin, lemon juice, and lavender honey syrup and stir (if you're not using dry ice, place all of these ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake and pour through a strainer into the flute.
- Add the champagne and stir gently
- Drop in the dry ice (make sure to use gloves or tongs. Do NOT handle the dry ice directly!)
- Garnish the drink with the lemon twist and enjoy!
This is a quick and easy way to bring a little sass and class to your end-of-the-day cocktail or your Bachelor watch party… If you make this, let me know what you think!