Just because New Year’s Eve was over a month ago (how is that possible?!) doesn’t mean you should retire the punch bowl or bubbly quite yet. This fun twist on the French 75 takes
Champagne Prosecco cocktails to a whole ‘nother level. Crushed raspberries provide the blushing hue, making it an especially romantic sip that’s perfect for your Valentine’s day celebration!
The Blushing Italian 75 (aka Be My Valentine Prosecco Punch)
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: A couple days+
Makes: 4 – 6 cocktails
If you can’t get your hands on Meyer lemons, feel free to swap the regular sort. The latter are more acidic and less nuanced flavor-wise, so I’d definitely encourage you to include the Cointreau for a more similar (and sweeter) experience.
Meyer Lemon Oleo-Saccharum:
- 6 tablespoons (72 grams) granulated white sugar
- Strips of zest from 2 Meyer lemons (14 grams), tear into small pieces
- Strips of zest from 1 orange (14 grams), tear into small pieces
- 1 recipe oleo-saccharum (above)
- 6-ounce package fresh raspberries
- 1/2 cup (4 ounces or 113 grams) Tanqueray gin or your fave gluten-free gin
- 2 tablespoons (1 ounce or 28 grams) Cointreau (optional)
- 1/4 cup (2 ounces, from about 2) Meyer lemon juice
- 1 bottle (750mL) Mionetto Prosecco or other brut bubbly, chilled
In a small jar, combine sugar and strips of zest. Muddle for about a minute (the handle of wooden spoon works great), until the sugar starts looking a little wet. Cover and set aside for a couple hours (minimum), but ideally a couple days until syrupy. Feel free to stir the mixture up every once in a while. Yields about 1/2 cup.
DO AHEAD: You can store the finished (syrupy) oleo-saccharum in the fridge for at least a week. Just let it come to room temp before using.
In a cocktail shaker or large Mason jar, combine 4 ounces (about 24) of the raspberries and the oleo-saccharum; muddle until raspberries release their liquid. Add gin, Cointreau (if using), lemon juice and a few cubes of ice to the jar; cover and shake vigorously until well-chilled. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a large pitcher or punch bowl. Slowly pour in Prosecco and stir gently. Pour into glasses (add a cube of ice, if desired) and garnish with remaining raspberries.