Sour Cherry French 75
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The classic cocktail French 75 uses fresh lemon juice and a simple syrup to create a smooth, slightly acidic drink. Here we swap in our favorite homemade sour cherry syrup for a ruby-colored and delicious twist.
Sour cherries have a fleeting season, which is part of what makes them so special. They freeze beautifully, though, so you can enjoy them all year round if you like.
My kind of sour cherry recipe
Happy Friday! Here’s a red, ice and blue cocktail for your July 4th weekend: a Sour Cherry French 75. There’s gin. There’s champagne. And there are sour cherries and sugar, simmered into a ruby-colored, sweet tart syrup. This is my kind of sour cherry recipe, and my kind of cocktail. The sour cherry syrup, with its bright, tart vibe, works nicely to replace the typical lemon and sugar in a French 75. But don’t stop there. It’s also great in everything from Shirley Temples to Italian sodas. (It’s so like me to drag half of Europe into American Independence Day, but what can I say? I am who I am.) The syrup is ready in 15 minutes, and you can spend the weekend drizzling it with abandon. Enjoy it.
- 4 ounces champagne
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1 1/2 ounces sour cherry syrup
- Whole sour cherries to garnish, optional
- Fill a pint-sized jar halfway with ice. Pour in champagne, gin and sour cherry syrup. Stir to combine. Serve right away.