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Around Christmastime I was shopping at the BEST liquor store in Minneapolis, South Lyndale Liquors, for fun liquors to gift and I came across this yummy looking raspberry liqueur. The label was in French so it looked fancy and I wanted to try it. (No idea if it’s actually a fancy brand or not—the brand is Mathilde Liqueur: Framboise.) When I got home, I opened it and took a sniff and omgggg it smelled like the delicious filling in a raspberry jam donut. Like, super purely raspberry and not fakey syrupy grossness! So, what to do with it?
First, I tried a couple shots of it with raspberry bubly water. (It’s a low alcohol percentage so 2 shots is not that boozy.) Oof, it was soooo sweet. Way too sweet. I’m not an expert mixologist so I wasn’t sure what else I should make with it. Then I considered adding it to one of my favorite drinks—the French 75. It’s a great drink because it’s not too sweet but still easy to drink and nice and strong (which I like). The classic French 75 has gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and champagne. I thought the raspberry liqueur was sweet enough to replace the simple syrup altogether and give the classic a fun and tasty twist… thus, the Raspberry French 75 was born. Plus—it’s pink, and who doesn’t love a pink drink!?
If you’ve never had a French 75 before, you are missing out! I feel like it’s such a classy drink. And it packs a punch, haha. It’s a very crisp & clean flavor with a lovely effervescence from the champagne. The raspberry complements it very well! If you aren’t a gin person, you could replace the gin with vodka easy peasy. Or turn it into a French 95 by using bourbon instead. I am NOT a bourbon person so I have no idea how it would taste. Actually I do—terrible. To me anyway, haha! To each their own, go ahead and try it out if that’s your thing!
How to make the Raspberry French 75
In a cocktail shaker, add 1 ½ ounces gin, 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 1 ounce raspberry liqueur. If you want it to be a little sweeter, you could add more raspberry. Add a good handful of ice to the shaker, put the lid on tightly, and shake it like crazy for at least 30 seconds. I always wrap a kitchen towel around it because that thing gets COLD! When it is absolutely freezing to the touch, take off the cap and strain your delicious drink into a martini or coupe glass. Make sure to shake it a bit so you get every last drop! Finishing touches: top with champagne or other sparkling wine (I suggest 3 ounces in the measurements but I really don’t measure) and garnish with a lemon twist and a couple of raspberries! Enjoy!
- Double-sided jigger: Really unfortunate name, I agree. The jigger will help you measure your drink, and being double-sided means more measurements! You could also use a regular shot glass or a mini ounce measuring cup or a tablespoon. 1 fl oz = 2 tbsp.
- Cocktail shaker: Using a cocktail shaker will ensure that your drink gets super duper cold. I think you could use two glasses put together like a bartender but that always seems like a recipe for disaster to me.
- Martini or coupe glass: The coupe glasses I linked here are spendy but they are so gorgeous! The difference between a martini & coupe glass is that a martini is a V shape and a coupe is round. Personally I feel like coupe glasses are classier and martini glasses are so 2000s Sex & The City lol.
The Raspberry French 75 is a tasty twist on the original, using raspberry liqueur instead of simple syrup. A yummy pink drink!
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 ounce raspberry liqueur or Chambord
- 3 ounces (or more) champagne or other sparkling wine
- optional garnish: lemon twist & fresh raspberries
- In a cocktail shaker, add 1 ½ ounces gin, 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 1 ounce raspberry liqueur. If you want it to be a little sweeter, you could add more raspberry.
- Add a good handful of ice to the shaker, put the lid on tightly, and shake it like crazy for at least 30 seconds. Use a kitchen towel to hold it if it’s getting too cold.
- When the outside is frosted over, take off the cap and strain your delicious drink into a martini or coupe glass. Make sure to shake it a bit so you get every last drop!
- Top with champagne or other sparkling wine (I suggest 3 ounces in the measurements but in honesty I measure with my heart) and garnish with a lemon twist and a couple of raspberries! Enjoy!
You can swap the gin for vodka or bourbon if you prefer!
Keywords: gin, alcohol, lemon, raspberry
Wanna try another pink drink? How about the The Beetcute Smoothie? Beet, apple, strawberries, cinnamon, almond butter, and vanilla almond milk make up this tasty smoothie… I know beets sound weird but don’t knock it til ya try it!