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Cheers to Spring! Vive La French 75 Cocktail!

Can’t catch a flight to France to celebrate spring? No problem! Invite some friends over, shake up these French 75 cocktails, and you’ll almost think you’re at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris.

The French 75 has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember but it’s not a drink every bartender knows how to make–which is surprising because it’s really very simple. 

They say it got its name when it was created in Paris during World War I because it had such a kick it was like being shot with a French 75mm field gun. I don’t know about that–but I do know you have to be careful shaking it in the cocktail shaker–the champagne does give it a kick. 

It’s the perfect drink for spring–light and refreshing and okay…it reminds me of Paris. 

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 5 oz. Brut champagne 
  • a cocktail shaker
  • ice

Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a little ice. Be careful when you shake–hold the lid on tight–or you’ll have a bit of an explosion. (Trust me on this–I found out the hard way).

Pour into a chilled champagne glass and garnish with a lemon peel twist.

You can serve it with prosciutto wrapped melon…

…or make it a party and add your favorite appetizers–I put out breadsticks, shrimp and mixed nuts and it was a big hit. 

Cheers to Spring and remember, read it first at Stu News.

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