Since February is the month of love, the colors and ingredients in this cocktail are perfect for a romantic evening.
This is an updated classic Champagne-gin cocktail that includes blood orange pulp and a dash of bitters.
This elegant drink can also serve a crowd since the base mixture can easily be made one day ahead.
Blood Orange French 75
Recipe from Bon Appetit
3 blood oranges (about 1 pound)
1-1/2 cups gin
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon angostura bitters
2- 750-ml chilled Champagne
Cut 1 orange in half through stem. Cut each orange half crosswise into 6 slices; reserve for garnish.
Using small knife, cut the peel and white pith from remaining 2 oranges; chop oranges. Transfer chopped oranges with juices to bowl; mash with potato masher or wooden spoon. Stir in gin, sugar, and bitters.
Strain into 2-cup measuring cup, pressing on solids to release liquid. Chill 4 hours.
Pour scant 2 tablespoons gin mixture into each of 12 glasses; fill with Champagne and garnish with orange.