I wanted something a bit unique for New Years; something more than ‘just’ a glass of Champagne but not what has become my standard of adding Champagne to a liqueur either. I’ve done that a lot over this holiday season with the Cranberry liqueur I made. I love it but it was time for something new, something even more elegant.
I believe this is it; the French 75. Named after the 75-MM M1897, a mainstay of the French field artillery in WWI, it was a potent little gun and this is a solid namesake…it’s a potent little drink! Known to have been a favorite of the Lost Generation including apparently Ernest Hemingway who, though known for his ability to partake with great gusto, was also known to secure a definite buzz with a French 75. There are variations to this drink including the use of cognac in lieu of gin and some pour it over ice in a Collins glass. I prefer mine shaken and poured straight up so that it doesn’t get diluted!
Simple, beautiful and bubbly…I think the perfect cocktail to toast the New Year. So to everyone; I say Cheers and I’m wishing you a very safe and Happy New Year!!
- 3 ounces gin
- 3 ounces fresh lemon juice
- 4 teaspoons superfine granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups ice cubes
- 1 cup chilled champagne
- Lemon twists for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, sugar, and ice cubes and shake to chill.
- Strain cocktails into 2 champagne flutes and top off with champagne.
- Garnish glass with a lemon twist.