The French 75

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Whoa! A cocktail on I Pray to Gouda?

One cannot live on food alone.


Well, whatever, anyway. It’s time for me to blow your mind with a simple but classic summer drink. It’s also time for me to attempt to convince you not to drink three. You live and you learn, folks.

Do NOT buy that bottled lemon juice. I will hunt you down and beat you.

The French 75

makes 1 drink

1 lemon

3 Tb gin

1 1/2 Tb fresh lemon juice

1 Tb simple syrup

1 cup ice cubes

1/4 cup dry sparkling wine (brut Champagne, etc.)

Using zester or paring knife, slice peel from lemon in long, thin spiral. Reserve lemon for another use and set peel aside.

In cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into chilled Champagne flute and top with sparkling wine.

Curl lemon peel around finger to create twist at least 6 inches long. Garnish drink with twist and serve immediately.


Anonymous said...

everyone but me is probably already aware of this, but the other day a buddy showed me the simplest way to make simple syrup. instead of simmering and stirring and waiting and watching, just mix equal parts water and sugar in a glass measuring cup and microwave for a 30 seconds or so. not to boiling, just to nice and hot. the sugar melts away with a couple of quick stirs, and you can mix up small portions on the fly, if you don't want to keep a bottle in the fridge.

only have tequila in the house, so will have to dash out for some gin. cheers!

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