Thursday, February 17, 2011

Blood Orange French 75

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

Ingredients:
3 blood oranges (about 1 pound)
1-1/2 cups gin
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon angostura bitters
2- 750-ml chilled Champagne

Directions:
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.

Enjoy!
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44 comments:

My Carolina Kitchen said...

You said it - updated and elegant. Fabulous photo too.
Sam

sangeeta said...

Beautiful colours !!!

Ana Powell said...

I am looking for this type of drinks, they are awesome for a dinner party.
Lovely suggestion and I have bookmarked, thanks ♥

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I think this one looks perfect for a Porch Party brunch! Let my fav, Mimosa, sit this one out. Thank you, Velva. Have an enjoyable day!

Joanne said...

I love the blood oranges in this. Definitely makes it a luxury drink.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Looks delicious! I love blood orange! Thanks, Velva, for another to add to the try list!

5 Star Foodie said...

Such a beautiful color, a terrific cocktail with blood orange!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I'm in love with this cocktail! I'm intrigued by the combo of gin and champagne - sounds amazing. This will be a treat for the long weekend!

The Japanese Redneck said...

A good choice for the month of colors!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That makes my mouth water! We ate Blood orange sorbetto this week and it was divine! Enjoy your day! ♥

TKW said...

Oh, that looks so tempting!

Anncoo said...

Beautiful click as usual and I'll definitely want to make this cocktail when blood oranges is available here.

Susi said...

Love this drink, especially with the blood orange! I will definitely have to give this one a try :o)

Rita said...

I love blodd oranges; there is something special about them; this has to be a perfect drink.
Rita

Michelle J said...

I think I could really go for this if I snuck some bourbon in there in place of the gin. Yummers!

She's Cookin' said...

I saved one of my blood oranges just for this! And, this would be the perfect aperitif for the passion dinner recipes I'm doing :)

sophiesfoodiefiles said...

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,...What a divine drink!!

Marguerite said...

Great cocktail and photo! Love the ingredients and the colors.

That Girl said...

I think citrus is such a great complement to champagne

Christy said...

looks gorgeous--blood orange is a perfect addition!

Heather said...

I love good French 75. This looks delightful.

Katerina said...

Summer, sea and this drink. Mmm, I just want summer to come desperately!

RamblingTart said...

The color in this is so rich and gorgeous! :-) How celebratory and cheering. :-)

tasteofbeirut said...

Very stylish drink! Love that vibrant color.

Michael Toa said...

oh yeah! I love French 75 cocktail. Cheers!

Jennifurla said...

Love it, how refreshing and delish

Marta Benicá said...

Adorei, muito refrescante. Abraços.

Kathleen said...

I'll be right over! ;)

Farmchick said...

Looking so good right now!

teresa said...

just gorgeous, as are all of your cocktails!

Chef Fresco said...

Love it! I'll have to give it a try!

Claudia said...

Stunning and so sunny for February. Love finding a new use for a blood orange.

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

This sounds delicious! No blood oranges in my small town but I can think of a substitute. Also I make my own rhubarb bitters that I love.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

What a great cocktail to serve as the "house" drink for a February get together! Pass the glass please!

Heavenly Housewife said...

Beautiful drink, I could see where this would have been perfect for Valentine's Day!!!
*kisses* HH

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I'll be needing one of these tonight! Thanks!

Victoria said...

Gorgeous cocktail! I love blood orange anything :)

Hungry Dog said...

A cocktail in my favorite color, how could I resist?

Eliana said...

Gorgeous! I can see myself growing addicted to this beauty of a cocktail.

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

I love you and your cocktails. What a gem Velva!!

roz said...

I think I'm going to making a few of these next weekend, for sure Velva. I'm in love with blood oranges right now and just baked a cake today with them. What a flavor and color!

Chris said...

Gorgeous! I could have used this as the blood orange component of the 4 ingredient challenge I did this month (posting later today).

Sommer J said...

Love your drink posts! I always seem to read them when I could use a few. I have blood oranges, but no gin. Must remedy that stat!!

Hanna @ Swedish Meatball said...

Oh now, blood oranges... and gin... and Champagne... I can see myself drinking a great deal of these if the weather could only get a wee bit warmer over here... Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog! Hanna x

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