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Winter Citrus French 75

Fresh citrus and bitters form a marriage of flavor in this take on the classic French 75.

Article by Emily Bain

Photography by Durham Distilley and Crude Bitters

Originally published in Cary Lifestyle

Introducing Durham Distillery. Nestled in the heart of Durham, this family-owned distillery is dedicated to making world-class gins local to North Carolina. Owners Melissa and Lee Katrinic’s unique two-step distilling process showcases the complexity and quality of each ingredient present in their award-winning Conniption Gin. This Valentine’s Day, treat your tastebuds to this beautiful floral blend of citrus, hibiscus, lavender, and oak. A good gin cocktail should reflect the individuality of the spirit’s dryness and botanical blend...and this Winter Citrus French 75 does just that. Cheers!


Serves 2.

  • 4 oz. Conniption American Dry Gin

  • 4 oz. citrus juice from lemons, oranges and blood oranges

  • 2 oz. simple syrup

  • Champagne

  • Crude Bitters "Bitterless Marriage" 


1. Juice 1-2 lemons, 1/2 orange and 1/2 blood orange to obtain roughly 4 ounces of citrus juice. 2. Add cubed ice, gin, citrus juice and simple syrup to shaker. 3. Shake for 20-30 seconds. 4. Strain into coupe glasses. 5. Top each with 2 oz. cold champagne and 4 drops of "Bitterless Marriage" Crude Bitters. Garnish with dehydrated fruit wheel and serve! 

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