Little bit sterotypical but you can’t go wrong with a pretty pink cocktail on Valentine’s day!
This is a play on one of my favourite cocktails – a French 77. You may have heard of a French 75, a cocktail that originated in Paris and combines gin, lemon juice and sugar with champagne. Well a French 77 switches out the gin and replaces it with St. Germain elderflower liqueur.
Without a doubt this is one of my favourite liqueurs (this and Disarnno Amaretto – delicious!). I love anything with elderflower and when I’ve had a French 77 before I love the way it cuts through the champagne. I decided to switch things up for Valentine’s day and add some raspberries to make what I’ve coined as the Pink 77. The recipe below is for two cocktails but you can easily make more of the raspberry syrup ahead of time and store in the fridge. It’s also a great cocktail for dinner parties as all you have to do is add the syrup and champagne! Easy!
For every two cocktails, add six raspberries and a scant teaspoon of sugar to a glass. Bash with a rolling pin or fork and add a shot of lemon juice and a shot of St. Germain elderflower liquer (25ml each). Mix and strain to get a pip free liquid. Add to the bottom of a flute and top with champagne or prosecco. Garnish with some fresh raspberries.
To get the two tone effect, after you’ve poured in the raspberry mixture, place a teaspoon in the glass with the back of the spoon facing up and just above the raspberry mixture. Slowly pour the champagne onto the back of the spoon.