The Queenstown 75

Cocktail of the month February 2021

February is one of the most popular months for Queenstown weddings, particularly the long weekend for Waitangi Day. Why not? It’s the perfect way to ensure you always have time off to celebrate your anniversary… and makes it easy to remember!

This month we’ve taken the traditional French 45 (Kellie’s favourite cocktail) and given it a Queenstown twist using locally made ingredients. Sustainability is at the core of everything we do here at Shaken & Stirred Weddings which includes all the suppliers we work with to create your wedding day. We love how many Shaken & Stirred couples have already embraced the eco-friendly wedding style, with a definite trend towards hiring wedding dresses, skirts and veils.

 If you’re interested in a Queenstown wedding that’s both epic and environmentally friendly then we’ve got you covered… and we’ll keep your glasses topped up too!

What exactly is a Queenstown 75?

A traditional French 75 is made with champagne and gin. So for our Queenstown 75 we used a local sparkling wine from Peregrine Winery (or bubbles, because we can’t use the word champagne!) and Broken Heart gin also based in Queenstown. 

Gin + Bubbles = Definitely a good time! 

What you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • Lemon juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Gin
  • Ice
  • Sparkling wine
  • A lemon to garnish

Equipment:

  • A cocktail shaker
  • A cocktail strainer
  • A zest peeler

Makes:

  • 2 drinks (plus some left over bubbly!)
Ingredients for a Queenstown 75 cocktail

1. Something sweet & sour to start…

Pour one tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker.

cutting a lemon to make cocktails
squeezing more lemon into a cocktail
Ingredients for a Queenstown 75 cocktail with dog looking at camera
squeezing lemon into a cocktail

2. Add gin…

We used 50ml of gin, but you go for a free pour if you’re feeling adventurous!

Adding gin to cocktail
adding gin to cocktail

4. Time to pop the bubbly…

Can you tell this was our third cocktail of the day?! 

gif of queenstown wedding planner popping bubbles

6. Add the garnish…

Carefully peel two strips of lemon zest and curl into spirals. Place gently on top of each cocktail for a fancy flourish!

peeling lemon zest

Cheers!!

3. Shake and strain…

Add a cup of ice and shake well! Then, strain equally into two glasses, champagne flutes if you have them.

shaking cocktails

5. Top with bubbles…

Top both glasses to the brim with bubbles and give them a gentle stir.

adding bubbles to cocktail
Queenstown 75 cocktails
Queenstown 75 cocktail
French 75 cocktail made with Queenstown winery bubbles

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