If you like Champagne, this Pomegranate French 75 cocktail is the perfect twist on a classic Champagne cocktail that is both stunning in the glass and deliciously bubbly.
The first time I had a French 75 was in New Orleans at Arnaud’s French 75 Bar, which is consistently voted as one of the top bars in the country. It’s just the right atmosphere for a classic Champagne cocktail. Even if you’re just playing the part, it feels especially Cosmopolitan to sit back in the leather chairs with a long-stemmed glass of bubbly.
This pomegranate version of the classic French 75 is a fun and easy way to try something a bit different, while still respecting the original. It’s a great drink for holiday parties, thanks to its gorgeous red color.
For the drink, you’ll need 2 oz pomegranate juice. I use POM. And you’ll need Champagne and gin. If you prefer your cocktails a bit sweeter, you can also add in the simple sugar that a classic French 75 would have, but I don’t find it necessary with the sweetness from the juice.
Want to try the classic version? Here’s the recipe.
You can see, I like to add fresh rosemary as my garnish, but the classic French 75 calls for a lemon twist. If you’re making this as a holiday cocktail, I recommend the rosemary sprig, because it look more like Christmas. Toss a few pomegranate seeds in the bottom of the glass for extra fun.
We use a brand of pomegranate called Pom, which is very easy to get at just about any grocery store. If you can’t find it, or don’t like pomegranate juice, substitute it with cranberry juice, which has a similar taste profile.
For the Champagne, we always use the real stuff, but you can use Prosecco or Cava instead. A bottle of either of those will cost less. They will add more sugar to the cocktail as well, so be aware of that before you add simple syrup.
» If you like peaches, we also suggest this great summer cocktail – Peach Mezcal Margarita
This recipe makes just one French 75 cocktail, so be sure to double the quantity for two! If you make this cocktail, we’d love to hear how you like it in the comments!
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Pomegranate French 75 Cocktail
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 2 oz pomegranate juice
- 2 oz Champagne
- 1 oz gin
- Garnish: lemon twist or rosemary sprig
- 1/2 oz simple syrup optional
- Add ice and all of the ingredients (except the Champagne) into a cocktail shaker and shake well.
- Pour the liquid (without the ice) into a Champagne flute and top up with Champagne.
- Garnish with a lemon twist.
- You can add 1/2 oz of simple syrup to make the cocktail sweeter, if desired, but the juice already adds enough sugar on its own for my taste.
- Don't have pomegranate juice? You can substitute it with cranberry juice.