Cocktails & Spirits

Dawn Werblin of Pistache French Bistro Make Us a Blood Orange French 75

It may have started elsewhere, but the movement is starting to take flight in Broward and Palm Beach Counties: classic cocktails are making a comeback.

Whether its a dry martini, a stirred Manhattan, a bitter Negroni, a biting Sazerac, or even just a perfect Old-Fashioned, the popular drinks of yesteryear are finally a big deal again.

That being said, every resurgence comes back with a twist; creative mixologists and tenders of bar nod to tradition while creating unique versions of old favorites.

Yesterday we highlighted Pistache French Bistro's Dawn Werblin; and we got her to make us a new take on a classic, the Blood Orange French 75.

See Also: Bartender Q&A: Dawn Werblin of Pistache French Bistro on Favorite Drinks, Pickup Lines, and More

Concocted during WWI, the French 75 gets its name from the 75-millimeter M1897, a favorite of the French field artillery at the time. Originally comprised of two ounces of gin, lemon, sugar, and Champagne, the cocktail was said to be as powerful as being shelled by the gun. Due to its potency, the drink went on to become a favorite of the Lost Generation later on before becoming popular in New York.

Blood Orange French 75

Two ounces Aviation Gin

One ounce Blood Orange Shrub

Half Lemon (small, juiced)

The ounces Sparkling Wine or Champagne


Blood Orange Garnish

Step One: Mix the Aviation Gin, Blood Orange Shrub, and lemon in a shaker.

Step Two: Strain and pour into a glass over fresh ice.

Step Three:Top with sparkling wine (or Champagne).

Step Four: Garnish with a Slice of Blood Orange.

Step Five: Enjoy.

Pistache French Bistro is located at 101 N. Clematis St. in West Palm Beach. Call 561-833-5090, or visit

Follow Sara Ventiera on Twitter, @saraventiera.

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Sara Ventiera