St. Clement’s 75

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Cocktail History

The St. Clement’s 75 is a holiday variation of the classic French 75 that was created by Emma Stokes and included in her book Have Yourself a Merry Little Cocktail: 80 Cheerful Tipples to Warm Up Winter. This simple cocktail is made with a unique homemade spiced orange syrup, hence the name which is a nod to the English nursery rhyme “Oranges & Lemons.”

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is one of the base spirits. We went with Conniption American Dry Gin because it features crisp and clean botanicals while still managing to be complex and has notes of cucumber, citrus, and honeysuckle.

Sparkling Wine: This is the other base spirit. It makes the drink boozy and adds bubbly’s sparkling wine flavor and effervescence. We used Villa Bellezza Winery’s Brillante because it was our wedding wine and we love its light and airy taste.

Lemon Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors that balance out the other bitter and sweet ingredients. We always use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes much better.

Spiced Orange Syrup: This gives the cocktail its spiced citrus flavor and balances out the drier ingredients with more sweetness. We make our syrup using Alex’s sous vide recipe.

Star Anise: This is mostly just for a garnish but also adds a touch more spice and fragrance to the drink. We buy them in bulk section at our local grocery store.

Tasting Notes

The St. Clement’s 75 features anise aromas and an initial taste that marries citrus and champagne, followed by an explosion of the syrup’s orange and baking spice flavors that complement the gin’s botanicals as it rests in the mouth and on the swallow.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: The syrup really gives this drink a tasty edge that we both thought was to die for, which is funny because neither of us is crazy about the classic French 75. This recipe changes that!

Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“I’ve had French 75s plenty of times before, and while I always enjoy them, I never find them to be much better than sparkling wine alone would be; this variation, however, changed my mind. The spiced orange syrup we made for the drink is incredible, and it makes a world of difference, managing to lend plenty of its uniquely delicious flavor and even help to bring the gin’s herbal notes forward a bit. I truly enjoyed this cocktail.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“It’s hard not to enjoy a French 75 because its flavors of fairly inoffensive. If you’re wanting a similar bubbly drink with added complexity and holiday flair, this is it! The St. Clement’s 75 was surprisingly unique and has an explosion of flavors that take this template to new heights. One sip, and you’ll likely never want a classic French 75 again.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Have Yourself a Merry Little Cocktail: 80 Cheerful Tipples to Warm Up Winter by Emma Stokes.

AuthorHave Yourself a Merry Little CocktailPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 Sparkling Wine
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 ¾ oz Homemade Spiced Orange Syrup
 1 Star Anise

Method
1

Add gin, lemon juice, spiced orange syrup, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Top with sparkling wine.

5

Drop in star anise.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 Sparkling Wine
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 ¾ oz Homemade Spiced Orange Syrup
 1 Star Anise

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, lemon juice, spiced orange syrup, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Top with sparkling wine.

5

Drop in star anise.

St. Clement’s 75

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More Sparkling Cocktails

If you like this sparkling wine-based cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Thanksgiving Sparkler: A brandy cocktail made with pumpkin spice syrup, lemon juice, a white sugar cube, sparkling wine, brown sugar, and grated nutmeg

 British 75: A gin cocktail made with lemon juice, simple syrup, sparkling wine, and a lemon wedge

 Wild Rose: A tequila cocktail made with pineapple gum syrup, maraschino liqueur, Angostura aromatic bitters, dry sparkling wine, and an orange twist

 Minute To Midnight: A brandy cocktail made with pear liqueur, Angostura aromatic bitters, dry sparkling wine, and a lemon twist

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