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Home Bar: Pomegranate French 75

Home Bar: Pomegranate French 75

Holiday season is upon us. Parties with friends and family seem to be scheduled for every weekend of December. And, if you’re anything like me, you’ll need a strong drink to ease the tension of being trapped in a corner with that “friend of a friend” that you haven’t spoken with since last year (bah, humbug!). Or maybe you’ll just want to impress everyone with a festive, fancy drink. Either way, it’s always a good sign when a bottle of bubbly is present.

Home Bar: Pomegranate French 75

The first documentation of the French 75 was made with gin and lemon juice, and was said to pack a punch as strong as the French 75mm field gun. A later recipe featured cognac. I’ve been popping pomegranate seeds like crazy lately, so I decided to stick with the bittersweet flavor by swapping the lemon juice with pomegranate syrup. I like to provide my guests with the disclaimer that you’ll start feeling tipsy after having one or two of these drinks.

Home Bar: Pomegranate French 75

If you’re interested in watching a how-to for making a classic French 75, check out this video I made with my buddy Ji.

Home Bar: Pomegranate French 75

Glass:

Flute

Recipe:

1 oz cognac (I recommend Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula)
.25 oz pomegranate syrup (check out your local ethnic grocery store or aisle)
.25 oz simple syrup* or bar spoon of sugar
Top off with sparkling wine (I recommend using a dry sparkling wine)
Garnish with citrus peel spiral

*Combine 1 part hot water to 1 part sugar and stir until sugar has dissolved.

Home Bar: Pomegranate French 75

Combine the first three ingredients in your favorite shaker. Fill the shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled (at least 10 seconds). Strain the drink into a flute glass. Slowly top the drink off with sparkling wine. Using a channel knife like this one from OXO, press firmly into a lemon and make at least one full circle around. Wrap the peel around the bar spoon to get a tighter spiral. Drop the peel into the drink. If that’s too much work, just use a simple peel of lemon. If you can’t find pomegranate syrup or don’t care for the flavor, stick with .5 oz of lemon juice.

Home Bar: Pomegranate French 75

Photography and styling by Hannah Levy.

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