What to drink this weekend: Rose French 75
Substitute rosé bubbly for white bubbly in a French 75 for a twist on the classic brunch cocktail.
If you saw my Instagram post yesterday, you know I was impressed with Beneduce Vineyards Rosé Pet Nat from Blaufränkisch. I commented that the wine is "begging to replace your brunch cocktail." A little later I wondered, "What would it be like in my favorite brunch cocktail, the French 75?"
The short answer? It's beautiful. The bubbly rosé is dry with flavors of watermelon and strawberries with high acidity. It was a great substitute for the normal dry Champagne-style wine that is usually in a French 75, adding some fruit flavor without adding any extra sweetness.
Unless you live in the region, you probably won't be able to get your hands on this specific bottle of sparkling wine which is almost sold out. But, I think that any dry sparkling rosé with notes of watermelon and strawberry and good acidity would work in a Rosé French 75.
Give this cocktail a try this weekend.
1 oz gin (I used Bluecoat American)
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
4 oz of rosé sparkling wine
Fill a sparking wine glass (not a flute) or a coupe glass with ice to get it nice and cold.
Add more ice to a shaker, and shake the gin, simple syrup and lemon juice until cold.
Dump the ice out of the glass, and strain the shaker into the glass.
Top with the sparkling wine.