Mother's Day weekend is upon us here in the U.S. Do you have any big plans? My ideal Mother's Day is a quiet one....a little extra time in bed with my coffee and my journal, reading a good book on the back porch, and a relaxed meal with my family. Oh, and this cocktail, please, to get the evening started on a festive Nordic note.
The French 75 is my all-time favorite cocktail. If you are not familiar with this classic drink, it's basically a mix of gin, simple syrup and lemon juice topped with champagne and finished with a lemon twist. So elegant and SO delicious. Naturally I began thinking how I could give my favorite cocktail a Scandinavian twist. Maybe an infusion of lingonberry? I experimented with adding both lingonberry juice concentrate and lingonberry jam to the recipe. Both were good, but the one with the jam had a more pronounced, true lingonberry flavor. And the jam is more readily available in grocery stores (I can find it locally at both Hy-Vee and Whole Foods). The lingonberry juice concentrate is more of a specialty item that I buy at our local Scandinavian store. Another bonus of adding jam...I was able to leave out the simple syrup entirely as the jam provided plenty of sweetness on its own. This easy drink just got even easier. The result is a rosy-hued, Nordic berry-infused cocktail that will bring a cheerful Scandinavian vibe to any occasion.Print
A gorgeous and delicious lingonberry-infused champagne cocktail.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 2 cocktails 1x
- Category: drinks, cocktails
- Cuisine: Nordic, Scandinavian, Swedish
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
6 tablespoons gin
2 tablespoons lingonberry jam
Ice cubes for shaking
½ cup dry sparkling wine, chilled (I use Italian Prosecco from Trader Joe's)
Frozen lingonberries or a twist of lemon peel for garnish (optional)
Combine lemon juice, gin and lingonberry jam in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a champagne flute and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with lingonberries or lemon peel if desired. Serve.
Keywords: French 75, sparkling wine, champagne, lingonberries, lingonberry jam, cocktail