The Sparkling Seasonal 75 Cocktail

At New Orleans' Sac-a-Lait, the French 75 always includes seasonal fruit. This version relies on fresh blueberry syrup to make it the ideal summer sipper.
Photo by Aaron Graubart

Courtesy Norton Christopher, bar manager, Sac-a-Lait, New Orleans

New Orleans restaurant Sac-a-Lait gives the classic French 75 cocktail the same hyper-regional treatment the rest of the menu receives. Bar Manager Norton Christopher, who grew up on a 32-acre farm in northwest Louisiana, uses produce grown in the venue’s on-site garden to bring fresh flavor to the mix. That means the drink can vary depending on what’s in peak season—it may be juicy watermelon one week, abundant fresh blueberries the next. He also emphasizes local products, such as Euphrosine Gin #9 and El Guapo Bitters, both made in New Orleans.

To stay true to the spirit of this cocktail, consider adjusting this template to fit what’s grown or made in your area.

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Ingredients
  • 2 ounces gin, preferably Euphrosine Gin #9
  • ¾ ounces Blueberry Syrup (recipe below)
  • ¾ ounces lemon juice
  • 3 dashes El Guapo Summer Berry Bitters or Peychaud’s Bitters
  • Cava, to top
  • Lemon twist, for garnish
Directions

In cocktail shaker, combine first 4 ingredients with ice. Shake well, then strain into flute. Top with Cava. Garnish with lemon twist.

Blueberry Syrup Ingredients
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
Directions

Place ingredients in pot with water and cook on medium-low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to low, and simmer until syrupy, about 15 minutes. Let mixture cool, then purée and strain. If mixture becomes too thick to pour, thin with basic simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water).

Published on July 9, 2018
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip. and NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening, which debuts in September 2018. Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net



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