holiday cocktail: blood orange french 75

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Ingredients:

  • 3 blood oranges (about 1 pound)
  • 1 1/2 cups gin
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon angostura bitters
  • 2 750-ml bottles chilled Champagne

Cut 1 orange in half through stem. Cut each orange half crosswise into 6 slices; reserve for garnish. Using small knife, cut peel and white pith from remaining 2 oranges; chop oranges. Transfer chopped oranges with juices to bowl; mash with potato masher or wooden spoon. Stir in gin, sugar, and bitters. Strain into 2-cup measuring cup, pressing on solids to release liquid. Chill 4 hours.

Pour scant 2 tablespoons gin mixture into each of 12 glasses; fill with Champagne and garnish with orange. Serves 12.

Source: Yum Sugar via Bon Appetit

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