Pomegranate French 75

December 13, 2017

Celebrate the holiday season and ring in the New Year with a bright and festive Pomegranate French 75 cocktail with less added sugar.

Pomegranate French 75 Cocktails

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The holiday season is here and if you’re the one hosting holiday parties or a New Year’s Eve soiree, you definitely need a signature cocktail on the menu like this Pomegranate French 75!

For the past few years, my husband and I have hosted New Year’s Eve celebrations, coming up with a new cocktail for our guests each year. In the past, we’ve served cranberry cider cocktails (hot or cold, depending on your preference), a sparkling party punch, and orange or grapefruit-based drinks.

This year, I’ll be serving my guests these gorgeous crimson-colored Pomegranate French 75 cocktails.

If you can’t tell, I love using fresh, seasonal produce in my cooking, and the same is true when it comes to beverages. I also can’t get enough of the bright and beautiful pomegranates and cranberries that are available this time of year. Adding them to food and drinks is an easy and festive way to highlight the color of the season at your table.

There are many ways to incorporate seasonal fruits in your cocktails, but this twist on the classic French 75 immediately came to mind. That’s because the French 75 is my absolute favorite, go-to drink at a bar or restaurant. Granted it’s not as common as a vodka tonic or an old fashioned, but most bartenders know how to make a classic French 75 and if they have some color-infused simple syrups, that’s an easy way to jazz up this drink.

If you’re not familiar, a classic French 75 is a combination of gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and Champagne or sparkling wine. This is a drink that stimulates most of your senses – it’s tart and herbal in flavor, effervescent and refreshing in taste, and elegant in appearance.

Pomegranate French 75 Cocktail with Bombay

 

Ingredients & Preparation

This Pomegranate French 75 is not the only variation of the classic drink that I have made. A few years ago, I added freshly squeezed orange juice to the traditional recipe for an Orange French 75. You could easily swap fresh grapefruit juice, another fruit of the season, to make a grapefruit French 75.

For this year’s bright and festive cocktail, I went one step beyond just adding fresh juice to the usual recipe. To get a rich pomegranate flavor and deep ruby red color, I made a pomegranate simple syrup.

A traditional simple syrup is made by combining equal parts water and sugar and reducing the mixture to the consistency of syrup. Since pomegranate juice is already naturally sweet, I wanted to limit the amount of added sugar in my pomegranate variation. To do this, I used SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar and Stevia Blend – a blend of pure cane sugar and stevia leaf extract.

Unlike other stevia products, SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar and Stevia Blend has no bitter aftertaste, so it perfectly mimics regular sugar, but has half the calories! So instead of using 1 cup of sugar per 1 cup of liquid to make simple syrup, I can use 1/2 cup of SPLENDA® Naturals blend per 1 cup pomegranate juice. That adds up to quite a large savings in calories and added sugar!

Pomegranate French 75 Cocktail Overhead

The key to making the pomegranate syrup for this Pomegranate French 75 is patience and keeping the mixture at a medium simmer – not so low that it’s just sitting there, but not so high that it’s fully boiling and bubbling up.

Once the mixture thickly coats the back of a spoon, turn off the heat, transfer the syrup to a glass measuring cup or mason jar and let cool. Ideally you will make the syrup in advance so you can chill it in the refrigerator prior to use. Also note that the recipe for the syrup makes enough for multiple drinks (how many depends on how much you use per drink) and can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks. Just enough time to get you through all the holidays!

Making the Pomegranate French 75 itself is a cinch once the syrup is made. Combine gin, pomegranate simple syrup, lemon juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour the mixture into your glass of choice – French 75 cocktails are typically served in champagne flutes – and finish off with champagne, prosecco, or your choice of sparkling wine.

While this is an adult beverage, there is certainly an easy way to turn it into a mocktail for kids or those who prefer non-alcoholic drinks. Just combine the pomegranate simple syrup with lemon juice and seltzer and you’re done.

Don’t feel like tending bar all night? Make the pomegranate/gin/lemon juice mixture in a pitcher with a bottle of sparkling wine on the side. Everyone can make his or her own!

Pomegranate French 75 Cocktails

 

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Pomegranate French 75

Celebrate the holiday season and ring in the New Year with a bright and festive Pomegranate French 75 cocktail with less added sugar.

Course Beverage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 180 kcal
Author Jessica

Ingredients

For the pomegranate simple syrup: (makes 2/3 cup)

  • 1 cup 100% pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar and Stevia Sweetener Blend

Per cocktail:

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1/4 ounce pomegranate simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice (preferably fresh)
  • 3 ounces champagne, prosecco, or sparkling wine

Instructions

To make the pomegranate simple syrup:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine pomegranate juice and SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetener Blend.

  2. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, and stir continuously until the sweetener dissolves completely. Continue cooking the mixture at a low boil until the mixture has reduced and is syrupy (it should form a thick coat on the back of a spoon).

  3. Remove syrup from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to a measuring cup or resealable glass container. Store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

To make a Pomegranate French 75:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, pomegranate simple syrup, and lemon juice to shaker. Shake vigorously, about 15 to 20 seconds. Strain into a champagne flute and add champagne, prosecco, or sparkling wine. 

Pomegranate French 75 Cocktail with Text Overlay

 

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  1. Oh my goodness…DELISH! I love pomegranate and am so making these for guests over the holidays! I will have to wait until next year, as I am pregnant! Yum!

  2. My husband’s family has always been into gin. I didn’t like it much until I tried Bombay Sapphire – it’s the only one I’ll drink! I don’t often order it when out though, because the mixed drinks are too sugary. I LOVE that you made this sugar-free!!

    1. I love Bombay Sapphire (as you can see from my pic!). I hope you’ll give this drink a try. The Splenda Naturals Stevia Sugar Blend still has some added sugar in it, but the drink is definitely lower in sugar than if it were made with a 100% sugar simple syrup!

  3. What a great cocktail to enjoy this season! Pomegranate is one of my favorite flavors in cocktails! Love that it’s made with less sugar too.

  4. This sounds so good! I’ve had a regular French 75, but I think pomegranate juice would make it even more delicous!

  5. I love all cocktails made with pomegranate juice. It’s such a festive way to make them for the holidays. Wouldn’t this be nice by the fire on Christmas Eve?

  6. I love pomegranates and sparking cocktails so this recipe is great for me. I’m making it for my New Year’s celebration

  7. The color of your pomegranate cocktail is so vibrant. I love pomegranate juice in fact I have some almost every second day at home. So your cocktail is right up my alley!

  8. I feel so strange having never heard of a French 75! Champagne cocktails are my favorite and I enjoyed many in France! Will have to whip one of these up post-partum 🙂

  9. Oh wow! This cocktail looks divine! I will for sure be making these for guests + save the recipe for me for next year when I’m not baking a bun in my oven!!!

  10. Beautiful cocktail! We just bought a bottle of Bombay Saphire East and it is delicious. Now all I need is the pomegranite juice!