Blood Orange French 75

PUBLISHED ON: 02.17.2011

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
Serves 12
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.

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