Liquor and Libations is very pleased to participate in our very first MxMo (or Mixology Monday) . This month hosts Married with Dinner chose champagne cocktails as the theme, which brought me back to one of my very favorites – the French 75.
– 1.5 oz of gin
– 2 oz lemon juice
– champagne or sparkling wine
– super fine sugar (I use a few dashes of simple syrup)
Combine gin, lemon juice, and sugar in a shaker full of ice. Shake well, pour into a Collins or another tall glass, and top with champagne. Garnish with a cherry (I was out, so I made do with an umbrella.)
It’s like an extra special, extra tasty G&T, with champagne replacing the tonic.
Cocktail Times offers a brief history on the cocktail’s origin:
Named after the French 75-millimeter guns, this champagne cocktail was created during the first World War by American army officers. The original recipe called for gin, absinthe (now illegal in the United States) and calvados. Calvados is an apple brandy made in France. It is produced from an apple cider and aged in oak barrels for several years.
The French 75 is a classic – all I can say is gin, lemon and champagne, what a wonderful combination. If you like tart and bubbly, this is your drink.