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The Classic French 75 (and French 77 variation)

Servings 1 Drink

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (see note below on how to make!)
  • 2 ounces Prosecco (or other sparkling wine)
  • Twists of lemon peel, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with two cubes of ice. Shake hard until a frost forms on the outside of the shaker. Pour into a tall glass (with crushed ice if you prefer), and top with the Prosecco. Garnish with a twist of lemon rind.

Recipe Notes

French 77 Variation: Add ½ ounce of St. Germain elderflower liquor to the shaker with the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Top with the Prosecco and serve!

How to Make Simple Syrup: I wrote more about simple syrups a few posts back (see the post here), but making your own syrup is incredibly easy. Combine one part sugar with one part water in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Simmer until sugar dissolves and the mixture is reduced by one-third to one-half. Let cool before using, and then store in the fridge for 3-4 weeks. I usually start with 2 cups white sugar and 2 cups water, and keep the extra in a swing-top bottle in the fridge.