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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Vive la France!

It’s Bastille Day, and what better way to celebrate France’s anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison than with a classic French 75 Cocktail? Named after the quick-firing World War I artillery piece whose effects were said to be as potent as the drink itself, the popularity of this effervescent sipper endures around the world today.

French 75

1 oz. gin
1 oz. simple syrup
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
3 oz. Champagne or other sparkling wine
Ice cubes
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: flute
Garnish: lemon twist

Combine first three ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake and strain into a chilled glass. Top with Champagne and garnish.