French 75

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The French 75 (Soixante Quinze) has a disputed history, and recipe, with some factions calling for cognac instead of gin. You can read more on the history at Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_75_(cocktail) ) or an updated version (featuring local gin from Catoctin Creek here: http://goodbooze.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/the-friday-tipple-midn...

I've modified it to be a bit more gin-and-lemon strong, balanced with the honey and a nice sparkling prosecco. A rosemary simple syrup also adds a nice twist.

  • 1.5 oz. Gin
  • 1 t orange blossom honey or a simple syrup
  • juice of one lemon
  • Prosecco, Brut Champagne or other dry sparkling wine

With ice, shake together gin, honey, and lemon juice. Strain into a chilled highball glass. Fill with Champagne. Garnish with a twist of lemon, drizzle a bit of extra honey on top.

History here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_75_(cocktail)

See also:
* Subbing in St. Germaine for the simple syrup ("French 77" : http://rosemarried.com/2011/12/29/ringing-in-the-new-year-the-fr...)
* With Charred Lemon: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/11/gin-cocktail-for-crow... ,
* With a chamomile/tangerine syrup: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2015/02/chamomile-tangering-s...
* With a lemon/sage syrup: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2015/10/sparkling-lemon-suze-...

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