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Elderflower French 75

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!

Recipe Author: Lisa at Garnish with Lemons
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The Ingredients

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.

Elderflower French 75 Ingredients
Prosecco, gin, elderflower liqueur, and lemons

The Process

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.

Elderflower French 75 Process
An elderflower French 75 garnished with a lemon twist and star anise

So how was it?

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This cocktail is all about the elderflower liqueur, and I'm not mad about it. It adds a nice floral sweetness that's so unique and makes this version of the French 75 really memorable. The prosecco gives the cocktail a bubbly texture, but the taste isn't really apparent. I did notice the gin and lemon in the background, and they cut the sweetness of the elderflower liqueur just enough so it wasn't overpowering. Making this cocktail was very simple, and the ingredients were easy to find, though you may have to make a special visit to a larger liquor store to find the elderflower liqueur. Oh, and keep in mind that this yummy cocktail packs a kick thanks to the gin, so imbibe with caution!
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