Our first drink is a French 75. Originating in WWI, the name refers to the kick of French 75mm field gun.
- 1.5 oz cognac (or gin)
- 2 dashes simple syrup
- .75 oz lemon juice
- 2 oz Champagne or dry sparking wine
Combine gin, syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled champagne glass. Top up with Champagne. Stir gently.
Using zester or paring knife, slice peel from lemon in long, thin spiral and garnish.
The verdict: Delicious! The French 75 is a classic for a reason. We all enjoyed this one.