Valentine’s Cocktail

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IN CELEBRATION OF VALENTINE’S DAY, THE BOTTLE BITCHES ARE MIXING THINGS UP WI TH A COOL COCKTAIL

February marks the BB’s favourite holiday of the year, Galentine’s Day! Whether you’re celebrating the 14th with a loved one or throwing a few back with your favourite friends, we have a lovely little cocktail that will get the party/romance/whatever-your-heart-desires started. The BB 69 is our take on the iconic French 75, and will help you get your antioxidants in while savouring the last of the pomegranates before they go out of season.

BEHIND THE COCKTAIL:

The classic French 75 cocktail is a mix of gin, champagne, lemon juice and sugar and the first mention of the cocktail by name was in the Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930. The exact origins of the name are unknown but common thought is that it’s likely named after the 75-millimetre M1897, the gun that became the mainstay of the French field artillery in World War I. The French 75 rose to fame after being mentioned in the classic film Casablanca and, as time goes by, it continues to be a cocktail bar favourite.

The BB 69:
Makes two delicious cocktails
25ml London dry gin
50ml pomegranate juice* (we used POM)
75 ml sparkling wine (we recommend using Champagne or Cava and used Freixenet Cava for this recipe)
Lime
Simple syrup (optional – we went without)
Pomegranate seeds, to garnish
*Try this recipe with blueberries or cranberries for a fun flavour change.

HOW TO MAKE IT:
Pour the pomegranate juice, the gin, and the juice of half a lime into a large glass and stir together. Divide between two flutes and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and a twist of lime.
If you fancy a sweeter edge, add a teaspoon of simple syrup to each glass and give it a good stir before adding your sparkling wine.

REVIEWS

Caro: If love had a colour, this would be it! Fruity and slightly powdery, bringing a tasty sense of luxury without breaking the bank! It’s very well-balanced and has plenty of secrets to unveil: bite the pomegranate seeds and you’ll see! It’s elegant, complex, and playful – just like my Bitches!

Angela: Sparkling wine and gin, what’s not to love? This mix has a juicy balance with the addition of the pomegranate juice. The recipe would equally work with the classic Champagne but Cava does a great job – stay clear of Prosecco though as you need a dry style of wine with a bit more body. This would pair great with some Middle Eastern inspired sharing plates.

Kate: Even though the French 75 is almost as lethal as the guns after which they’re named, I’ve long been a fan of the cocktail and it’s been a blast to put our own spin on it. If I do say so, our BB 69 is a bit fizzy, the perfect amount tart (just the way I like it!) and a whole lotta fun. The colour gives you all the Sex and the City vibes that a Galentine’s Day necessitates but it goes down with a sophisticated First Wives Club finish. They’re the perfect cocktail to get the evening started but don’t have too many or the night may soon be over…

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