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We always keep Valentine’s Day pretty low-key around here. I think both of us have this sentiment that it’s a made up holiday, but it’s still nice to set aside time just for the two of us. This year we’re going to hole up in a cute cabin in the Cascades and snuggle around the fireplace. I’m planning to cook an amazing dinner for the two of us, so I decided to test out a Valentine’s Day spin on one of my favorite cocktails, the French 75. Blackberries are one of my favorite fruits, so I decided to add a fruit twist to this classic cocktail… and they add a gorgeous vibrant hue!
Blackberry French 75 (adapted from Bon Appétit)
- 1 1/2 cups blackberries
- 1 tablespoon of simple syrup
- 2 ounces dry gin (I really like St. George)
- the juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon
- 1 bottle of champagne, chilled
Make your simple syrup ahead of time by boiling 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar until the sugar has dissolved, stirring occasionally. Once all the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat. This will keep for about 2 weeks in an airtight container in the fridge.
Blend the blackberries together in a blender or food processor. Strain the resulting purée using either a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a small jar. Stir in simple syrup. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add gin and lemon juice. Shake until the outside of the shaker is cold. Next add a couple spoonfuls of the blackberry mixture into the bottom of your glass. Pour the gin mixture over this and top off with champagne.
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