New Year’s Eve is almost here, and I’m feeling the need for something bubbly to celebrate with. I love sparkling wine of almost any kind as long as they aren’t too sweet (Asti Spumante, I’m looking at you!). Seriously, I like wine and keep a bottle or two around at all times. I have trouble not opening bottles of the sparkly variety when they are in my house. So with the best excuse to pop a cork all year coming up, I had to work in a sparkling wine cocktail. I chose this Elderflower French 75 because it has been repinned like crazy, and it’s different from any cocktail I’ve ever tried.
Bubbles make every occasion special, but this Elderflower French 75 takes cocktails to a whole new level!
Although it’s called an elderflower French 75, it has an Italian sparkling wine in it–prosecco. And to be honest, I can’t tell the difference. It’s dry and bubbly, and I enjoy both equally. I went with a brand I’ve had before, LaMarca, and I found a bottle for around $15.
I had the gin and elderflower liqueur in my bar, so my shopping list for this cocktail was short. Just the prosecco and a few lemons. I say a few lemons because I was sure I would mess up the garnish somehow–they aren’t my strong suit even though they’re supposed to be easy.
This was such an easy cocktail to make! Seriously, the hardest part was opening the bottle of prosecco, and that wasn’t hard at all.
Just add everything but the prosecco to a cocktail shaker (without ice) and shake to blend thoroughly. Then pour the mixture into a champagne flute, top with chilled prosecco, and garnish.
I used a channel knife made into my lemon zester to make a quick lemon twist. I felt better having extra lemons on hand in case I messed up, so I didn’t!
The amount of all the ingredients are listed, but I have to confess that I didn’t measure the prosecco. My champagne flutes are 8 ounces, so only 2 ounces wouldn’t have topped them off. I just poured until the cocktail nearly reached the top of the glass. That was probably closer to 3 ounces.