Presenting the classic cocktail, the French 75, spiced up for Autumn. A few years ago the Pumpkin French 75 was a Fall special on the menu at Bespoke in New Haven, Connecticut. After inquiring with the bartender, we discovered the secret ingredient was pumpkin butter. I know there are some of you out there are going to declare, I don’t like gin. To you I say: with no advance knowledge… you may not even guess there is gin in this cocktail! Simply put, this is Fall in a champagne glass and it’s well worth the effort to track down some pumpkin butter.
Pumpkin French 75
1 oz Plymouth gin
1 T pumpkin butter
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
3 oz Champagne – chilled
Optional: cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar
Rim the glass (optional): Blend sugar with a dusting of nutmeg and cinnamon. Wet the rim of a champagne flute with a lemon wedge. Dab the moistened rim in the sugar mixture.
Shake gin, pumpkin butter, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain the mixture into the flute. Top with chilled Champagne and serve.
Pumpkin Butter is a specialty item that can be found at some grocery stores, often in the same vicinity as jams and jellies. Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are a good place to start.
This recipe was included in the CT Bites Fall Blogger Round-Up. Mille mercis to organizer, Amy Kundrat.
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