Obviously, I think my birthday is a cause for celebration, and with celebration comes champagne! When choosing a signature drink for my bash, I wanted something that would subtly echo the floral motif of my invitations without being too juvenile. A playful twist on a classic, grownup cocktail seems fitting for someone turning 27.
I've settled on this variation on the French 75 cocktail; it features blood oranges so it has a slightly pink, but not too pink, hue. Better yet, it will please both cocktail connoisseurs and casual drinkers, and it can be made in large batches. To get the recipe,
- 3 blood oranges (about 1 pound)
- 1 1/2 cups gin
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon angostura bitters
- 2 750-ml bottles chilled Champagne
- Cut 1 orange in half through stem. Cut each half crosswise into 6 slices; reserve for garnish.
- Using small knife, cut 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.
- Drinks, Cocktails