This Meyer Lemon French 75 recipe brings a refreshing twist to a classic; a festive and bubbly sip to celebrate with family and friends! Enter Meyer lemon, mixed with gin, simple syrup, and topped with sparkling wine!
This Lemon Meyer French 75 is made with Empress 1908 Gin, giving a dreamy lavender color and fantastic flavor!
When it comes to celebrating or just because, I love bubbles such as the traditional French 75. I found several juicy Meyer lemons at the market.
I couldn't resist trying Meyer lemon, which is in season, mixed with delicious Empress 1908 Gin. The traditional lemon juice in this classic cocktail is replaced with fresh Meyer Lemon juice. So I bring you Meyer Lemon Empress 75! So if you're looking for a Meyer Lemon cocktail recipe, look no further!
The butterfly pea blossom imparts subtle earthy notes and an all-natural indigo hue; with citrus in this cocktail, Empress 1908 transforms from vivid indigo blue to a delicate soft lavender. Empress 1908 is all-natural and gluten-free.
What is a French 75?
A French 75 usually consists of sparkling wine, gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. This recipe with Meyer Lemon has a touch of sweetness and a gorgeous violet hue from the Meyer lemon juice combined with indigo-hued gin Empress 1908 gin.
What are Meyer Lemons?
Meyer Lemons are native to China and were bought to the USA in the early twentieth century by Frank N. Meyer, a United States Department of Agriculture employee. He identified the plant while in China and brought them back with him.
I have found them at Whole Foods and Natural Grocers typically between the months of November and April.
What do Meyer lemons taste like?
Meyer Lemons have a floral and sweet flavor that is perfect for cocktails, similar to what a combination of lemon and mandarin orange would taste like.
They're sweeter than regular lemons and are not quite as tart and acidic.
The final color of this bubbly cocktail depends on your gin, the color of the Meyer lemons, and the color of your sparkling wine (blush versus regular). Here's what you'll need to make this Meyer Lemon French 75 cocktail:
- Your favorite gin - I used Empress 1908 Gin, one of my favorites. It has a lovely all-natural indigo hue as well as an earthy flavor. It's also gluten-free and vegan-friendly. Be sure to check out Empress 1908 Gin near you!
- Your favorite sparkling wine - this does not need to be expensive champagne, which is better enjoyed by itself. Prosecco, Cremant, Espumante, or Cava are great choices. I chose a vegan-friendly and affordable sparkling wine that I enjoy drinking.
- Fresh Meyer lemon - you will need to strain the juice.
- Simple syrup - instructions to make this are below.
See the recipe card for quantities.
How to make simple syrup
It's easy to make simple syrup.
First, bring one part water and one part organic cane sugar to boil (for example, ½ cup of each). Stir occasionally.
Once the sugar has dissolved, take it off the heat, let it cool, and refrigerate it in a sealed glass container for up to a month.
How to make a Meyer Lemon French 75
- 1. Add the gin, strained Meyer Lemon juice, simple syrup, and ice to a cocktail shaker.
- 2. Shake and pour into two champagne flutes.
- Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a Meyer lemon twist. Enjoy!
How to make a lemon twist
- Cut into the lemon rind with a peeler, going around the entire lemon.
- Cut a rectangle approximately 5 to 6 inches long and an inch wide. Remove the excess pith.
- Cut a narrow strip, approximately 5 mm wide (less than a quarter-inch). Wind it around something narrow like a cocktail stick to create a spiral and let it rest on a damp towel with something to lightly hold it in place, like a small bowl. After 15 minutes or so, your lemon twist should be good to go.
Hint: If making lemon twists, start making them 15 minutes ahead. In the meantime, you can chill the champagne flutes if you like.
Substitutions and Variations
- Meyer Lemon - instead of Meyer lemon, you can use fresh lemon juice and make a French 75. Regular lemons, known as Eureka lemons have a bolder and more acidic taste which is quite refreshing. Or, you can substitute by combining equal parts fresh lemon juice and fresh orange juice.
- Gin - instead of gin, you can try cognac, vodka, or an elderflower liqueur or cordial. You can also try triple sec or Grand Marnier; I would start with a small amount and adjust to taste.
- Sparkling wine - you can replace it with flavored sparkling water or non-alcoholic sparkling wine.
You'll need a cocktail shaker. If you don't have a cocktail shaker, you can use a mason jar with a lid.
I love these elegant champagne flutes, they are positively regal!
Make ahead: You can store the ingredients separately in the fridge ahead of time for up to 1 to 2 days. However, I don't recommend mixing this cocktail ahead of time to maximize the freshness and appearance of the bubbles.
This cocktail is best enjoyed right away. This is a lovely and festive alternative to mimosas at brunch!
Strain the Meyer Lemon juice before adding it to the Meyer Lemon French 75 cocktail and garnish with a lemon twist.
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Meyer Lemon French 75
- cocktail shaker
- Champagne flutes
- 3 oz gin
- ½ oz fresh Meyer lemon juice strained
- 1 oz simple syrup
- Sparkling wine
- 2 Meyer lemon twists for garnish
- Add gin, strained Meyer lemon juice, simple syrup, and ice to a cocktail shaker.
- Shake and pour into two champagne flutes.
- Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a Meyer Lemon twist. Enjoy!
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