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The Pomegranate French 75 makes a perfect celebratory cocktail to sip while ringing in the new year! A twist on a classic French 75, this recipe calls for prosecco or champagne, gin, freshly squeezed lime juice and Sprouts Pomegranate Italian Soda. The resulting drink is light, herbaceous and slightly sweet and a little tart. The effervescent Pomegranate French 75 would be a beautiful mixed cocktail to serve at a New Year’s Eve party!
This shouldn’t come as any surprise, but the first time I tried a French 75, I was on a photo assignment.
I know. I’m quickly becoming that person who tells you stories of her work because she has nothing else to say.
The thing is… I experienced a lot of life, culture and cocktails when I was working as staff photographer for 225, and I had a blast while documenting it all.
Indulge me, mmkay?
One afternoon, I was sent to a swanky hotel in downtown Baton Rouge to photograph one of the bartenders making a French 75. I’d never heard of this cocktail, let alone tried it, but I headed on downtown and was in for a surprise.
The French 75 is a light, simple cocktail that features champagne (or prosecco or any other dry white sparkling wine), a little gin, lemon and simple syrup.
I photographed the bartender making the drink, then he passed it across the bar, insisting I give it a try.
I did… and I loved it.
While I love a good bubbly drink, I don’t always drink them. I feel like they call for a special occasion… so when the folks at Sprouts asked me if I wanted to make a New Year’s Eve cocktail, I jumped on the opportunity!
Pomegranates are one of my favorite fruits, and they’re currently in season. As I started brainstorming about this cocktail, I knew I wanted to feature pomegranate flavors paired with some sparkling wine.
Instead of just featuring pomegranate juice, though, I picked up a bottle of Sprouts Pomegranate Italian Soda. This soda sparkles and adds such a nice sweetness and pomegranate flavor to the cocktail without being overpowering.
Lime pairs beautifully with pomegranate, so I added a little freshly squeezed lime juice, too.
A traditional French 75 calls for gin, so I added a little bit to the cocktail. Not too much, though, as the gin is super herbaceous and could be overpowering for some.
Lastly, we top the drinks with prosecco. (You could also use champagne or another dry white sparkling wine.)
I fancied up my Pomegranate French 75 by adding a sugar rim to the glasses. Because New Year’s Eve drinks need to be fancy. And a sugar rim adds a little sparkle to the presentation.
Erin’s Recommended Tools/Products for Pomegranate French 75
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- Essentials: The only tool you really need is a measuring cup that measures in ounces.
- Get the look: Gold dot champagne flutes. (Similar from Anthropologie and Kate Spade.) Gold glitter tray. (Similar from West Elm and Edie Parker.)
Now, let’s pop that bubbly and celebrate with a Pomegranate French 75!
Here’s how you can make it at home:
Pomegranate French 75
- 2 oz . Sprouts Pomegranate Italian Soda
- 1 oz . gin
- ½ oz . freshly squeezed lime juice
- 4 oz . prosecco (can also use champagne or any other sparkling white wine), chilled
- Additional lime and sugar , for garnish
Garnish the Glasses
Cut a lime into quarters. Squeeze the lime juice into a shallow bowl.
Sprinkle sugar onto a plate, and set aside.
Dip the rim of the glass into the lime juice, the immediately dip it into the sugar.
Repeat until all the glasses are rimmed with sugar.
Make the Drink
Pour the Sprouts Pomegranate Italian Soda into a champagne glass/flute.
Measure the gin and the freshly squeezed lime juice, and pour into the glass.
Top the drink with the prosecco, and enjoy immediately!