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Gin and Prosecco Cocktail with Lemon – Italian 75
It took me opening my bottle of Malfy Limone Gin to realise the significance of the Malfy brand name. Made on the outskirts of Turin in an area best known for vermouth and liqueurs, originally it was a small batch product made by the Vergano family, who still manage the business today. Although it’s now part of the US-based company Biggar & Leith, it still has all the feel of an artisan gin and I wanted to make a cocktail that summed up Italy to me. Prosecco and Lemon of course, a variation on a French 75 – this is my recipe for an Italian 75 cocktail
What I discovered when I opened my bottle of Malfy Limone gin was a delicate lemon sherbet drink quite unlike any gin I’ve tried before. Malfy Limone is made with a mix of lemon peel from Amalfi coast and Sicilian lemons. The other botanicals, Juniper, coriander, cassia, liquorice, grapefruit peel and orange peel take a back seat. Distillation in stainless steel still under vacuum at 60 degrees ensures that the zesty flavours of the citrus elements are not lost.
Light Gin and Prosecco Cocktail with fresh lemon and rosemary syrup
- 45 ml Malfy LImone Gin
- 15 ml Fresh Lemon Juice around half an Amalfi Lemon
- 7.5 ml Rosemary infused simple syrup made by mixing equal quantities of water and sugar, heating to boiling point and then adding a couple of sprigs of rosemary.
- 1 sprig Rosemary
Put the ice, gin, lemon juice and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice
Strain into a champagne flute
Top up with prosecco
Garnish with a sprig of rosemary
What I’d like to know from you is how you’d adopt a classic French 75 to make it work with an Italian Gin. You could choose to use prosecco like me, you might add limoncello, you might add rosemary or basil. Or even the odd sneaky olive. I’m sharing my own recipe for what is actually a prosecco and gin cocktail with lemon. Would you do anything differently? If so what…? Let me know in the comments.