On the first day of Christmas my bartender made for me – a French 75 in a champagne coupe.
Why a French 75? Well, the French 75 was created in 1915 at Harry’s New York Bar, which ironically is in Paris. Drinking a French 75 is said to feel like being shot with a French 75mm gun which was used to take marks out in World War I- sounds like the Holidays to me.
- 1 lemon
- 1 1/2 ounces Tanqueray No.10 Gin
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 2 ounces Veuve Clicquot
- Using zester or paring knife, slice peel from lemon in long, thin spiral. Reserve lemon for another use and set peel aside.
- In cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into chilled Champagne flute and top with champagne
- Curl lemon peel around finger to create twist at least 6 inches long. Garnish drink with twist and serve immediately.
- Repeat multiple times.