French 75 Cocktail

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Okay, you caught me. This is not a recipe that I developed in my own kitchen. The French 75 is a classic champagne cocktail, invented in Paris around 1915. It packs a punch, and is said to have the same potency as the 75 mm field gun used by the French army during World War I, hence the name. Though I didn’t invent this one, I did give it a small twist. Remember the lemon simple syrup that we made along with the candied lemon peel recipe a few posts back? It’s perfect for this cocktail, so I replaced the regular simple syrup with that!
Here’s what you will need:

– 1.5 oz gin
– 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
– 1/2 oz lemon simple syrup
– 3 oz champagne

This is an easy drink to make. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin, lemon juice, and lemon simple syrup and shake well. Strain into a glass over a few ice cubes, then top it off with champagne. Garnish with a twist of lemon or a lemon wedge, and serve! Your guests will love this one, it’s refreshing and not too sweet.
The French 75 is traditionally served in a champagne flute, but we didn’t have any, so I used a stemless martini glass instead. Sometimes you just have to break the rules…
While gin isn’t usually my favorite, I am a big fan of this cocktail. It tastes like a very sophisticated hard lemonade. Give it a try for your next get together, I promise it will be a crowd pleaser!

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