12 Drinks of Christmas

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.
  • Drink.
  • Repeat multiple times.
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Christian has been a cultural and style junkie since the age of 6; while most kids were swiping cookies, he was swiping his grandfathers' Patek Philippe. Raised to appreciate art, fashion,design and  literature (yeah, this one actually reads) by a single mother fondly called Jackie-O. Christian quickly went from childhood cultural capital thief to academia protégé. Referred to as the cat's meow by some, too clever by half by others, Christian eschewed the academic life and ran away to join the circus -the fashion circus. Several well-appointed positions later and a career on the rise would be most people's dream but it was time to say fuck off and start all over again.

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