Say cheers to the new year with an Elderflower French 75! It’s a floral take on the classic champagne cocktail with lemon, gin and St. Germain elderflower liqueur. This elderflower cocktail will be your new favorite drink for toasting and celebrating!
New Year’s Eve is tomorrow! Man oh man. What a year.
It’s certainly been… a year. Good, bad, easy, trying, happy, sad — I experienced all of it this year. This piece from NPR aptly sums up my thoughts on whether 2016 was ‘the worst’ or not so bad.
I’ll be sharing a 2016 recap this weekend, but first I wanted to share one more recipe for you to make before midnight tomorrow.
This Elderflower French 75 is a drink you should most definitely toast your BFFs with.
Speaking of besties, one amazing thing that happened to me this year was discovering my tribe.
They’re my go-tos for blogging questions, writing help, photography tips. We help each other by giving advice, sharing knowledge, encouraging one another.
Even though we live in four time zones, we sometimes virtually ‘work’ together to keep each other accountable for our ever-growing to-do lists.
These ladies most definitely got me through 2016. I’m so, so grateful for their friendship, and I look forward to another year of late night group texts.
I’ll definitely be toasting these three gals from afar on New Year’s Eve with an Elderflower French 75. It’s so floral and fragrant, sparkly and smooth.
WHAT IS A FRENCH 75?
A French 75 is a classic cocktail that’s made a comeback in recent years. Gin, champagne, lemon juice and sometimes simple syrup come together in a bubbly, fragrant drink.
The French 75 is extremely sippable and a great introduction to gin for anyone who has previously sworn it off.
But the Elderflower French 75 takes this classic cocktail to a new level with the addition of St. Germain elderflower liqueur.
Elderflowers have a soft sweetness to them, and it really brightens the sometimes sharp flavors of gin and champagne.
GIN AND ST. GERMAIN: WHICH GIN TO USE
If you know anyone who has traditionally shied away from gin (raises hand), this Elderflower French 75 is the perfect cocktail to show them that gin really isn’t scary at all.
As I discussed in my gin guide, gin is flavored with juniper and other botanicals, so it pairs extremely well with other botanical liqueurs.
In this elderflower cocktail, the St. Germain brings out the floral notes of the gin. I recommend using a gin with fewer juniper notes and more floral or herbaceous notes.
I personally reach for Hendrick’s when I’m making a gin-elderflower cocktail, as its flavors of rose and cucumber pair quite well with the St. Germain.
And if you still can’t get into gin? Feel free to use vodka instead in this Elderflower French 75.
ST. GERMAIN AND CHAMPAGNE: WHICH CHAMPAGNE TO USE
When I’m combining St. Germain and champagne, I like to reach for a dryer, more brut champagne.
St. Germain is slightly sweet, so the sweetness of the elderflower balances nicely with the dry champagne and also brings out any floral notes in it as well.
If you don’t love champagne (or the price tag it comes with), feel free to substitute your favorite sparkling wine, such as prosecco or cava, instead. Get more info on each of these options in my champagne guide.
This NYE cocktail is fantastic and you definitely need to make a round of them for your New Year’s party! (Or at the very least brunch with your girlfriends next month.)
If this Elderflower French 75 cocktail isn’t for you, I’ve got more ideas! Today Erin, Madison, Meghan and I are all sharing cocktails worth toasting with your besties. Check out their drink recipes below!
To them and to you, I say: In 2017, cheers to your good health, wealth, love, luck and happiness. *clink*
Happy New Year! // susannah
Three New Years’ cocktails you need to try:
- Raspberry Mint Sparklers by Cake ‘n Knife
- Irish Coffee with Hazelnut Whipped Cream by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
- Skinny Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martinis by The Speckled Palate
Pin the Elderflower French 75 Cocktail!
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germain
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- 2-4 ounces prosecco, champagne or other sparkling wine, chilled
- lemon twist, for garnish
- Add gin, elderflower liqueur and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into champagne glass. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon twist.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 263 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 12mg Carbohydrates: 15g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 7g Protein: 1g