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skinny French 75 {New Year’s Eve cocktail}

I made this Skinny French 75 with 12 grapes of luck for New Year’s Eve cocktail parties as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #SweetNLowStars

Have you started planning your festivities for New Year’s Eve? I have! I love watching that year tick forward as it is a great marker for a fresh start.  I always feel like I have my whole life in front of me on January 1st.  …a new year that will be bigger and better than the last, full of wonderful new memories to be made.

skinny french 75 cocktail in_the_know_mom #SweetNLowStars 12 grapes of luck

Before I jump to my Skinny French 75 – the perfect cocktail for New Year’s Eve, let me remind you of my fave Christmas cocktail creation, the Creamy Peppermintini with a white chocolate peppermint bark rim.  This is a show-stopper when entertaining guests but is surprisingly easy to make!

creamy peppermintini christmas cocktail #sweetnlowstars in_the_know_mom

To me, New Year’s Eve is about amazing champagne cocktails and that midnight kiss, but with kids there are also other traditions to start.  When my oldest was a toddler, I learned of a tradition in Spain called Las doce uvas de la suerte, “The twelve grapes of luck” where you eat one grape at each bell strike at midnight on New Year’s Eve.  This can also be done during the countdown to midnight.  According to the tradition, this leads to a year of prosperity.

las Doce Uvas De La Suerte 12 grapes French 75 in_the_know_mom #SweetNLowStars

My daughter loves this tradition and an easy way to incorporate the grapes is to place them on a skewer.  You can do this ahead of time and display for your kids and their friends — and this isn’t just for kids, it’s for adults too!  Once I learned of the tradition, I felt like it was BAD luck to NOT eat 12 grapes.  Now you will too, you are welcome.

#SweetNLowStars in_the_know_mom las Doce Uvas De La Suerte French 75 cocktail

The Twelve Grapes tradition began in the early 1900’s, much like my favorite champagne cocktail, the French 75.  The French 75 is a classic cocktail that was created in Paris, FR in 1915 and named after the kick it gave – like a French 45mm gun.  It gained popularity in the US during the prohibition era as it utilized all the bathtub gin, though it is said that cognac was the original liquor used.

So enough with the history, let’s get to the drink!

The French 75 is a classic cocktail that is both fizzy and festive yet complex in flavor.  The fresh lemon juice breathes new life into any champagne, no matter how low budget, and the sugary syrup balances that brightness.  Because I need a strong kick to every cocktail, the added gin will give this flavorful cocktail a real kick… but still very palatable so sip slowly. = )

French 75 cocktail in_the_know_mom #SweetNLowStars

Of course, a new year means a new you, right?

So we’re swapping out the sugar for Sweet’N Low and making a skinny simple syrup, same one I’ve featured in previous #SweetNLowStars posts.  We’ve gone from bourbon to vodka to champagne and beyond with this syrup, which shows you how versatile it really is!

For the garnish, because there always has to be a garnish, a lemon twist is perfect.  There are many variations from long and thin to thick and swirly.  I like mine somewhere in the middle.  Here’s a tip for the hostess – so you don’t have to be making garnishes all night, prepare them ahead of time!  Simply cut your peel with a paring knife, twist and secure with a toothpick.  Store in the fridge.  How smart right?

french 75 cocktail in_the_know_mom how to make a lemon twist cocktail

French 75

2 oz gin
1 Tbl lemon juice
1/2 oz Sweet’N Low Syrup
lemon twist


  1. Shake gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a champagne or coupe glass.
  2. Top with champagne.  Garnish with lemon twist.

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  1. December 10, 2014 at 1:15 pm — Reply

    This sounds amazing! I will have to try it.

  2. December 10, 2014 at 3:17 pm — Reply

    Can I please get one of each! They all sound so good!

  3. December 10, 2014 at 7:21 pm — Reply

    Yum! This sounds so refreshing and delicious. I need to try it next NYE.

  4. December 10, 2014 at 8:09 pm — Reply

    I love when I can find skinny cocktails. I hate throwing everything I work for out the window with a drink

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