A recipe for the classic French 75 cocktail, which combines gin, lemon, and champagne in a delightful cocktail that’s ready to ring in the New Year.
The holiday hubbub is starting to wind down, Christmas tucked behind us in a nice, neat little package, and still we sit, lounging in our new pajamas. We laze about, watching holiday movies and enjoying the tree in the living room for a few more days, waiting out the space between presents and the New Year.
Then we’re slinking into black dresses, buttoning up our shirts, and braving the cold winter air to gather with friends. Where Christmas is the time for family, New Year’s Eve is the time to celebrate with friends.
We pack our bodies into bars and dance halls. We gather at each other’s houses. We eat tiny bits of food because we’re all still stuffed from the week before, and we talk and laugh and dance until the night could not possibly get any darker. Until the only lights are the moon and the strands of white Christmas lights, the music wrapping us up like a warm hug.
As midnight comes near, the music stops, and the countdown begins. Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one. Happy New Year!
Kisses are kissed. Hugs are traded, Glasses are clinked. A new year is upon us, waiting for us to embrace it even more fully than the last.
French 75 Cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 4 ounces chilled Brut champagne
- Lemon twist for garnish
- Combine the gin, simple syrup, and the lemon juice in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into a champagne flute or a Collins glass.
- Pour champagne over the gin to fill the glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. Serve.
::Swap out the gin with cognac or brandy.
::Swap 1 tablespoon 100% cranberry or pomegranate juice for the lemon juice. Garnish with cranberries or pomegranate arils respectively.
Photo credit: Shaina Olmanson