How to make a Cranberry French '75
From our friends at Bashall Spirits, a lovely take on the classic French 75 cocktail with the cranberry and the rosemary complementing the flavours of the gin. A drink for a sunny afternoon, just don't make plans for the rest of the day.....
Like a lot of classic cocktails nobody is quite sure where it originated. Gin and champagne were a common combination in the 19th and early 20th century, but the first mention of the recipe was in 1927 in a book called “Here’s How” published in New York. It was then immortalised in 1930 in the pages of Harry Craddock’s “The Savoy Cocktail Book”. Inspiration for the name is apparently the 75mm Howitzer field gun used by the French and the Americans in World War 1. The gun was known for its accuracy and speed, and the French '75 is said to have such a kick that it felt like being hit by it.
For the gin we use Bashall London Dry. Gin lovers Allan and Fiona started the distillery to give life to their desire to create flavoured gins using centuries old family recipes.
First though, they needed to produce a solid base gin and their London dry is certainly a modern twist on that. Their unique recipe contains 11 botanicals, including cranberry, elderflower, and caraway. These are ingredients which pay homage to the native woodland and hedgerow plants found in the woodland and rural landscapes surrounding the village of Bashall Eaves, as well as being ingredients referenced in a collection of centuries-old family recipe books.
This is an elegant juniper-forward gin with sufficient complexity to make it stand out. It is perfect in a variety of serves, from a classic G&T to any number of gin led cocktails. A gin for all occasions it will not disappoint in any. For us, G&T with premium plain tonic and a twist of orange. Just beautiful.
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🍸 50ml Bashall gin
🍸 15ml lemon juice
🍸 15ml cranberry juice
🍸 7.5ml sugar syrup
🍸 Add all ingredients except the champagne to a cocktail shaker with ice
🍸 Shake until frosty
🍸 Strain into an empty glass
🍸 Top up with champagne and garnish with a sprig of rosemary