Had a little cocktail party last night with a few good friends. As host, I decided to take a page out of history and make a classic cocktail, the French 75. Named after the WWI french artillery piece, the 75mm howitzer, this drink arrived on the scene around the late 1910's, or so the story goes. The drinks were a big hit at the party, with many people coming back for more until I exhausted my supply of lemons. Plan ahead and stock up to try this one at your next get together.
Here's the recipe that I used last night:
1 1/2oz gin (I selected Bombay Sapphire)
3/4oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp simple syrup (or fine sugar, if you will)
3 to 4oz of sparkling wine / champagne (nothing too fancy here)
-optional-: some of the ladies asked for a bit more sugar, so I gave them an extra 1/2tsp of the simple syrup and a dash of cointreau, too.
Shake everything but the sparkling wine with lots of ice and strain into your choice of a chilled champagne flute (no ice added) or a tall collins glass filled with ice. Gently stir in the sparkling wine and enjoy immediately.