Happy Friday. For this week’s happy hour we’re dipping back into our Campari series and sipping a cocktail called the Sicilian 75. We’ve had a lot of orange coverage lately here on Made in Rome. Allie and I usually go on a citrus kick this time of year. We both eat a ton of fruit, and nothing beats a fresh blood orange in late winter. Nothing but a fresh blood orange turned into a drink!
The Sicilian 75 is a refreshing riff on the French 75. Allie and I are fans of the classic French 75, made from Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar. We like to fill pitchers with French 75 variations. And this Campari-spiked variation may be the best of them all.
How does a Sicilian 75 differ from the classic? We skip lemons for blood oranges (juiced and sliced). We add a splash of Campari that itself adds musk and mystery and an elusive flavor that can take you to lounge-chaired docks on foreign seas.
We skip Champagne for Prosecco. We watch the frothy, white-foam, citrus-fragrant, to-the-top, glorious meniscus pour!
This is a great drink for brunch. This is a great drink before, during, or after dinner. I adapted a Sicilian 75 recipe from Saveur. You won’t regret filling up a glass or two of these this weekend. Hope you enjoy yours.
What you need:
3 parts blood orange juice, plus a slice for garnish
2 parts gin
.75 parts simple syrup (or honey syrup)
Splash of Campari
2 parts Prosecco
What to do: Put everything but the orange slice and Prosecco into a shaker with ice. Shake for 15 seconds. Pour into a flute. Add 2 Parts Prosecco… or however many parts bring the surge of froth to the brim. Drink.