This French 75 variation features fresh strawberries and basil. And you need this bubbly strawberry-basil gin cocktail at your next party!
I whipped up this strawberry-basil gin cocktail to use an unopened bottle of bubbly that had been languishing in my fridge after a party. It’s a French 75 with a fruity twist and less refined sugar than the original!
We have had a bottle of Prosecco sitting, unpopped, in our fridge for months. Some friends brought it over for a get-together, and we just never cracked it. There’s no way I could finish off a whole bottle of bubbles on my own before it went flat.
Then, last week, Dave suggested that we just pitch it. Rather than let a good bottle of wine go to waste, I decided to pop this bottle open and make a summery twist on a French 75!
More basil cocktails: Watermelon-Basil Martini with Cracked Black Pepper, Peach-Basil Lemon Drop, Grapefruit-Basil Vodka Gimlet
A traditional French 75 is made with champagne, gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. In the recipe below, I’m replacing the sugary simple syrup with fresh strawberries, a touch of (optional) sugar, basil, and straight up lemon juice.
Strawberry-Basil Gin Cocktail
This fruity French 75 is all about muddling together the sweet, bright, herbal strawberry-basil gin cocktail base. You’ll muddle each drink as you go, so all that you need to do in terms of prep is slice up your strawberries, juice a few lemons, and wash that basil.
The muddled mix couldn’t be simpler to make, no simple syrup required. Just throw your berries, basil, lemon juice, water, sugar, and gin into your glass. Mush and mash with a spoon or a muddling tool, then top off with your prosecco.
Strawberry-Basil French 75
For the Strawberry-Basil Gin Cocktail Mix
- 8 fresh strawberries - sliced, leaves removed, plus extra for garnish
- 1 bunch fresh basil
- 2 fresh lemons - or 4 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
- 3 ounces gin
- 1 teaspoons sugar - divided, optional
For the French 75s
- 1 750 mL bottle Prosecco or Champagne - chilled (this is very important!)
Make the Strawberry-Basil Gin Cocktail Mix for TWO Drinks
- Combine 4 of the sliced strawberries, about 8 leaves of basil, juice of 1 lemon (or 2 tablespoons), 1 1/2 ounces of gin, and 1/2 teaspoon of the optional sugar in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Use a spoon or muddling tool to mash the strawberries and bruise the basil leaves, to release their flavor.
- Fill the shaker with ice, then shake well. Strain into two Champagne flutes or white wine glasses.
- Top the glasses off with your prosecco, garnish with a strawberry slice, and serve.