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ARTEL CLASSIC COCKTAILS Vol. 4: The French 75

Published on June 29th, 2017 in Dining & Drinking

  • French 75 – Served in ARTEL Champagne Flutes L to R: Bublinka, Balloons, Pariz & Praha

If you’ve been following along at home, you’ll recall that the last two installments of our occasional series on cocktails featured back-to back whiskey-based classics: the venerable Old Fashioned and the stately Manhattan.

Now, with the weather warming up and summer upon us, it’s time to shift our focus to somewhat lighter fare: the elegant, refreshing French 75.

A delightful combination of gin, champagne, lemon, and sugar, it basically tastes like citrusy sunshine and is a perfect choice for brunches, al fresco cocktail parties, or as an aperitif before dinner.

As an added bonus, it’s quite easy to make. The hardest part is probably making up a batch of simple syrup, but that’s not really so difficult either. Once it’s made, the recipe itself is really quite straightforward – and definitely worth the effort. We recommend making a good-sized batch of simple syrup (at least 1 cup), so you’ll have some leftover for a few rounds.

Easy, elegant, and delicious – the French 75 is a great way to welcome the summer.

French 75

·         1 oz.gin

·         1 oz. simple syrup

·         ¾ oz.fresh lemon juice

·         3 oz. Champagne (or other sparkling wine)

·         Lemon twist

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled ARTĚL Champagne Flute glass. Top with Champagne and garnish with lemon twist.

 

How to make a French 75. Photo courtesy of Champagne Cartel

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