Several years ago I yearned for something a bit unique for the New Year; something more than ‘just’ a glass of Champagne but not what has become my standard of simply adding Champagne to a liqueur either. I’ve done that a lot over many holiday seasons with the Cranberry liqueur I make. I love it but it was time for something new, something even more elegant.
This was 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!
I first published this recipe on the blog 5 years ago. You know what that means? Me and my dog Abbie would use it occasionally for a holiday gathering but that was about it. So this year I’ve taken some new photos but the recipe remains the same; this is one I didn’t feel the need to revise. When something is good…well, why mess with success right?
While this recipe calls for Champagne, truth be told I seldom buy the French bubbly…maybe that’s a sacrilege when making this French namesake cocktail but the price point can be a killer if I’m entertaining and I need something for a crowd. So for me it’s usually Prosecco from Italy or Cava from Spain or even a good sparkling wine from California. Today was a Cava sort of day and this Segura Vuidas Reserva Heredad was perfect.
It’s the high end of the products from Segura Vuidas and this is a terrific value for a well-made, toasty and refreshing bubbly from Spain that’s a third of the price of Champagne. Segura is also one of the most respected producers of Cava. It’s great in this apertif but also try it served with roast turkey or fried chicken. It’s elegant, layered, and refreshing and worthy of being served to guests on New Year’s Eve.
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!!
Need some more ideas? Here are readers favorites for New Years 2014!
- 3 ounces gin
- 3 ounces fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon superfine granulated sugar or simple syrup
- 1 1/2 cups ice cubes
- 1 cup chilled Champagne, Cava or Prosecco
- 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.
I was provided with a bottle of the Segura Vuidas Reserva Heredad for
the purpose of making a cocktail however all commentary is my own.