Ring in the New Year with the Spiced Blueberry French 75
The Spiced Blueberry French 75 is the epitome of festive indulgence! Featuring homemade Spiced Blueberry Syrup, Empress 1908 Gin, fresh lemon, and chilled bubbly.Jump to Recipe
I partnered with U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council to mix up the Spiced Blueberry French 75 recipe! Recipe and ideas are my own.
I can’t wait to ring in the New Year with this toast-worthy cocktail – the Spiced Blueberry French 75! This dazzling drink marries the essence of blueberries with the sophistication of Empress 1908 Gin, fresh lemon, and the effervescence of champagne or prosecco.
Making the Spiced Blueberry Syrup is so easy and delicious, I want to mix it into any beverage I can get my hands on! I had homemade mulled spices on hand, but you can always buy store bought. Blueberries are available year round, fresh or frozen, and are packed with health benefits that I love! There’s virtually no prep work too – no chopping, stemming, or seeding here. The vibrant blueberries take center stage, not only for great flavor but also a pop of color, making it THE cocktail for ushering in the start of 2024. Cheers!
Making the Spiced Blueberry Syrup takes about 20 minutes, so plan ahead and you’ll have plenty on hand for when people come running for seconds!
To make the Spiced Blueberry Syrup, in a saucepan, bring fresh blueberries, sugar, water, and mulling spices to a gentle boil. Simmer for 20 minutes, then let it cool. Strain the mixture into a jar, discarding the solids.
For the cocktail, add the Spiced Blueberry Syrup, Empress 1908 Gin, and fresh lemon juice with ice to a shaker. Give it a good shake to chill the mix. Strain the drink into a cocktail glass, then top it off with chilled champagne or prosecco. To finish, garnish with a handful of blueberries, a twist of lemon, and if you’re feeling fancy, a sprinkle of edible flowers!
Can I make a large batch of Spiced Blueberry French 75 for a party?
Yes! Multiply the ingredients, mix in a pitcher, and refrigerate. When ready to serve, top with chilled champagne or prosecco and garnish each glass for a festive presentation.
How do I make mulling spice at home?
Making mulling spice at home is a cinch! Create the aromatic blend by combining equal parts cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and allspice berries. Optionally, add dried orange peel for a citrusy kick. Grind the ingredients together using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Store your homemade mulling spice in an airtight container.
Can I use frozen blueberries instead of fresh ones in the Spiced Blueberry Syrup?
Absolutely! Whether fresh or frozen, blueberries work their magic. Fresh ones bring a burst of juiciness, while frozen blueberries ensure you can enjoy the cocktail year-round.
What sets highbush blueberries apart from other varieties?
Highbush blueberries, like those used in the Spiced Blueberry French 75, are a specific type known for their larger size and sweet flavor. While “blueberries” is a general term, highbush blueberries are the cultivated variety commonly found in stores, adding a delicious burst of flavor to cocktails.
Where can I find highbush blueberries?
Highbush blueberries are commonly available in well-stocked grocery stores, local farmers’ markets, and even specialty fruit shops. During the blueberry season, which typically runs from late spring to early fall, you can also find them at pick-your-own farms for a fresh and delightful experience.
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