Saturday, February 19

A Sip of Southern

The French 75 may look unassuming in it's wine glass, but this cocktail packs a punch! Named after the famous French 75-millmeter howitzer cannon used in World War I, the French 75 cocktail was popularized in New York's Stork Club and a concoction of the same name popped up in New Orleans' French Quarter around 1920. The French 75 includes a pert mixture of gin, lemon, sugar and champagne. For a sweeter option, substitute brandy for the gin. Bottoms up!
French 75 {serves 2, because you don't want to be drinking this cocktail alone}
3 ounces gin
3 ounces fresh lemon juice
4 teaspoons superfine granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups ice cubes
1 cup chilled champagne

In a cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, sugar, and ice cubes and shake to chill. Strain cocktails into 2 wineglasses and top off with champagne.

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