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French 75 with Plum Simple Syrup

A summery twist to the beautiful classic French 75 cocktail recipe. Made with gin, fresh lemon juice, and champagne topped with an easy to make simple syrup with plums, honey and a few sprigs of thyme. It’s the perfect drink for summer brunch!

Ingredients

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For the Plum Simple Syrup

  • 6 plums, sliced and pitted
  • 3/4 C raw honey
  • 1/4 water
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme

For the Cocktail

  • 2 oz dry gin
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz plum simple syrup
  • 2 oz champagne
  • Slice of plum to garnish

Instructions

  1. Pit and slice the plums. Add them to a sauce pan with the honey, water and thyme sprigs. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low-medium heat for 10-15 minutes, or until the plums have completely softened and the honey has dissolved. Strain into a jar using a fine mesh sieve. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the gin, lemon juice, syrup and champagne. Shake for about 20 seconds, or until the shaker is completely chilled. Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice, garnish with a plum and enjoy!

Notes

Substitute the gin with vodka if you or your guests have the preference. If you need a version that is less strong, use less gin. The leftover plum simple syrup can be saved in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. 

Keywords: cocktail recipe, French 75 cocktail, champagne, gin

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