Hello, dear ones. Have I told you lately how much I appreciate you? I hope your weekends were better than mine. Either way, here’s a cheerful little number that is perfectly suited for brunch, happy hour or a nightcap. Think of these French 75s as extra boozy, extra bright mimosas.
Instead of a traditional French 75 with lemon juice, I thought it would be fun to use clementines, which are in season now. I learned that clementines are really easy to juice with a handheld lemon juicer. You’ll need a few clementines per drink, so if you’re trying to polish off one of those big bags of them, these cocktails (or this smoothie) will do the trick!
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 ounce gin (I used Hendrick's)
- 1 ounce fresh clementine juice
- ½ ounce honey simple syrup
- Dry Champagne or Prosecco or Cava, for topping off the drink (a few ounces per drink)
- Twist of clementine peel or a clementine wedge, for garnishing
- To make the honey simple syrup: You'll need to warm the honey so it will mix it into the water. In a tiny saucepan on the stove, combine honey and water. Warm over medium heat, whisking occasionally, just until the honey has melted into the water. Remove from heat.
- To make a cocktail (you can make multiple drinks at once): Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the gin, clementine juice and simple syrup in the proportions listed above. Securely fasten the cap on the shaker and shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain the liquid into Champagne glasses and top with Champagne. Garnish with a twist or wedge of clementine and serve immediately.
*Make it vegan: Either use ¼ ounce agave nectar or substitute regular simple syrup for the honey simple syrup. You can just combine equal parts fine [vegan] sugar and water in a jar and shake it until the sugar disappears into the water.
Make it gluten free: I found Hendrick's on a list of gluten-free gins, but you might double-check to be sure.
Change it up: Any fresh citrus juice will work here. If you're using something really tart, like lemon or lime, scale back to ¾ ounce juice.