Libations Personified: French 75

January 17, 2013 at 10:30 am

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After a fall on the ice a week ago, I’ve only had one hand to work with, which makes everything s l o w d o w n.  I promised myself I wouldn’t miss any posts, but yesterday I broke my own promise.  I just couldn’t muster the energy to do anything much…not having my right hand is surprisingly challenging (I’m a lefty).  So, I’m playing catch up today.  This post was scheduled for yesterday, and here it is, one day late.

If Catherine Deneuve were a beverage, she’d likely be a refreshing and punchy French 75….or at least in my mind, the two make a pretty good match.  The drink made famous in Paris in 1915 at Harry’s New York Bar consists of gin, simple syrup, lemon, and champagne.  It’s named for the drink’s kick, compared to being shot by a french 75mm field artillery gun.  Kind of an intense description for such a mild looking beverage.  And the same could be said about Catherine Deneuve, with her ‘girl next door’ look, Deneuve has led a life as the muse for high fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, she’s been a lifelong activist in support of women’s rights to choose, and she’s continues to fight against the death penalty.  She’s got some ‘kick’.

French 75

  • 2 oz London dry gin
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • lemon twist
  • 2 oz Brut champagne

Combine gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a shaker with ice.  Shake.  Strain into a chilled champagne flute, top with champagne, garnish with lemon twist. Enjoy!

 

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