Spiced Blueberry Empress Gin drink

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.

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I partnered with U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council to mix up the Spiced Blueberry French 75 recipe! Recipe and ideas are my own.

Spiced Blueberry French 75

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!

Ingredients for the Spiced Blueberry French 75

  • Empress 1908 Gin: The indigo hue and botanical flavors of Empress 1908 Gin perfectly complement the other ingredients.
  • Spiced Blueberry Syrup: This homemade concoction of fresh blueberries, sugar, water, and a hint of mulling spices is what sets the Spiced Blueberry French 75 apart.
  • Mulling Spices: Adds warmth and depth to the Spiced Blueberry Syrup. This aromatic blend typically includes cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and sometimes orange peel. Make a batch at home or buy at your local grocery store.
  • Sugar: Enhances the natural sweetness of blueberries to the Spiced Blueberry Syrup. I used granulated white sugar.
  • Highbush Blueberries: Blueberries bring both delightful flavor and a burst of vibrant color. I used highbush blueberries, which are bigger and more abundant!
  • Lemon: Fresh lemon juice adds a zesty brightness, balancing the richness of the Spiced Blueberry Syrup. Bottled lemon juice works in a pinch.
  • Champagne or Prosecco: Choose your preferred bubbly to top this cocktail.
  • Blueberries, Lemon, Edible Flowers: Garnish with a trio of blueberries, a twist of lemon, and delicate edible flowers!
Spiced Blueberry Empress Gin cocktail

How to Make the Spiced Blueberry French 75

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

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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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.
Prep Time30 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bubbly, champagne, festive cocktail, Gin, Gin Cocktail, holiday cocktail, New Year’s Eve Cocktail, New Year’s Cocktail, prosecco
Yield: 1


Spiced Blueberry French 75

  • 3/4 oz Spiced Blueberry Syrup
  • 1 oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • 1/2 oz Lemon juice
  • 4 oz chilled champagne or prosecco
  • For garnish: blueberries, lemon twist, edible flowers

Spiced Blueberry Syrup

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp mulling spices


Spiced Blueberry French 75

  • Add Spiced Blueberry Syrup, Empress 1908 Gin, lemon juice and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled.
  • Strain mixture into a cocktail glass. Top with champagne or prosecco. If desired, garnish with blueberries, a lemon twist and edible flowers.

Spiced Blueberry Syrup

  • Add blueberries, sugar, water and mulling spices to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let mixture cool. Strain into a jar or container and discard solids.

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