Is there no end to this madness? Of taking a typical French 75 and making it an island flavored Smooth Tiki 75?
There’s something really refreshing about a bubbling gin cocktail, and why not make it a bit tropical and tiki and fruity?
The Smooth Tiki 75 Gin and Bubbles Cocktail
- 1.5 Oz. Gin
- .75 Oz. Elderflower liqueur
- .75 Oz. Pineapple juice
- Splash Lemon juice
- Splash Simple syrup
- Prosecco to finish
- Dehydrated lemon for garnish
- Combine all of your ingredients in a shaker – except for the bubbles!
- Use ice in your shaker to make sure it's all nice and chill.
- Strain into your champagne glass, and top with prosecco or your favorite bubbles, and a dehydrated lemon. Or lime. Or pineapple. Or whatever.
But what, really, is a tiki drink?
It can generally be stated that tiki drinks are complicated (!!), fruity, and full of rum. Or RUMS. That’s a key factor in what makes a tiki drink a tiki drink is the formula – one part sour, two parts sweet, three parts strong (yeah?) and four parts of something weak.
Does the Smooth Tiki 75 fit into this formula? MEH – but who cares, it’s delicious.
Do feel free to make this more tiki like with extra pineapple, and you could also play around with using orgeat instead of the simple sugar.
For other 75 variations to play around with, check out the Pink Hussy 75, or the Cherry Tart 75.
Why the dehydrated fruit as a garnish?
Well, to be honest, it’s what I had at the time. It’s easy to dehydrate your own fruit in the oven, you don’t need a special dehydrating machine. Unless, of course, you want one.
The intense lemon flavors of a dehydrated wheel of lemon add some crispness to this recipe, sort of balances out the smooth pineapple juice. Cheers!