December 31, 2012

DIY Drinks: French 75

It's time for the champagne! While lovely to sip on by itself, my favorite way to imbibe bubbly is in a French 75, or French 77, but we'll get to that. Seriously, this drink is my absolute favorite, graciously introduced to me my a dear friend (passing on the wisdom of her expert mixologist father). "It's like a Tom Collins," she said, handing me my glass, "but with CHAMPAGNE." One taste, and I'm hooked. Read on for how to make your own with simple bar ingredients.




















Ingredients:
Champagne or sparkling wine, preferably dry
1 1/2 oz. of gin (about 1 shot glass)
1/2 oz. simple syrup (or 3 tsp. sugar)
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. of St. Germain elderflower liqueur (Some would call it a French 77 if you include St. Germain. You can omit the gin if you add the liqueur.)
Lemon twist and fine sugar (optional) for garnish


Before adding any ingredients, I like to wet the rims of my glasses with water and then dip in sugar for a tasty sugar rim. Combine everything but the champagne and garnish. Shake with ice, and strain and pour into a champagne glass. Top everything off with champagne. Be forewarned-- though delicious, this drink can pack a punch!

A bit of a history lesson: Drinking the combination of liquors is said to have the same affects as being on the receiving end of the Canon de 75, a French artillery gun and the beverage's namesake.  Created at the New York Bar in Paris, this drink was a favorite of soldiers during WWI and members of the Lost Generation. So, if you've got Gatsby fever this season, this is the drink for you!

2 comments:

  1. I tried this one for my new years party and it was great!

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