THE PERFECT FRENCH 75
- March 14, 2021
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One of my favorite spring and summer drinks is the amazingly refreshing French 75. The first recorded recipe for the French 75 comes from The Savoy Cocktail Book from 1930, but the origins are a bit harder to place. All I know is that this cocktail is the perfect combination of sour, bubbly, and refreshing. The French 75 is a celebration drink, meant to be used for a toast. It is the perfect cocktail to ring in the new year, new job, birthday, half birthday…your dog’s birthday…yep, that will do.
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Personally, I recommend using a yummy citrus or berry vodka. It gives it just a little more zing! I added just a dash of a blood orange in mine as well. Dry French sparkling wine is the best choice. If you use a sweeter Italian Prosecco or Spanish cava it may make your drink too sugary sweet – I have far outgrown Jungle Juice to enjoy that taste. Lastly, as Ina Garten taught me, make sure you shake for a full minute, no less!
To make simple syrup: combine one part sugar with one part hot water until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool before using.
- 1.25 ounces vodka
- .5 ounces fresh lemon juice
- .25 ounces simple syrup
- 2 ounces dry sparkling wine
- Lemon wheel, for garnish
- Combine first vodka, lemon juice, and syrup in cocktail shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a thin lemon wheel floating on the surface of the drink.
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What are your favorite variations of this drink? Let me know in the comments below!
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