It's December 31st!!! Which means it's time to pop the bubbly because the new year is almost upon us. But GUESS what? Over the Christmas holiday I became obsessed with a cocktail that actually does not include whiskey (what?!) and has my favorite beverage topper, champagne. Say hello to the French 75!
Real quick: I'm not going to lie I've always hated gin. I thought it tasted like rubbing alcohol. Gross right? Well it turns out that's what you get when you try cheap, nasty gin. Also, I'm not a fan of gin and tonics. I thought it was the gin I didn't like...turns out its the tonic 🤦🏻♀️.
Who knew if you get a fabulous gin and nix the tonic it's DE-licious?? Well apparently everybody but me but that's besides the point. Bombay sapphire is my new fave. Also it's the prettiest bottle ever.
See?? Although, I'm going to have to try some of that Aviation Gin that Ryan Reynolds partly owns because Ryan Reynolds. Obviously. Also, that's the gin they use in A Simple Favor and we all know how much I enjoyed that movie!
Anyhoo, let's talk French 75. It's the simplest drink to make, super light and refreshing. Ready for it?
- Your favorite gin.
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- Simple syrup or a sugar cube will do.
Boom. That's it! Shake the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and strain over ice. Top with Champagne or sparkling wine and there you go.
Also, if you're super lazy like I am, you can just pour the gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice into the glass over ice, top with Champagne, and give it a little stir 👊🏻.
Alright friends, grab a French 75 tonight to celebrate in style. Cheers to 2019 and I'll see you in the new year 🎉🎆🎊!Print
Just 4 simple, refreshing ingredients for the perfect toast: champagne, your favorite gin, lemon juice, and a little sugar. Cheers!
- 2 ounces Gin (I used Bombay Sapphire Gin)
- 3 ounces Champagne or sparkling wine
- ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ ounce simple syrup or a sugar cube
- Lemon slice or lemon twist to garnish
- In a cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup *. Strain into a champagne flute or glass over ice.
- Top with Champagne or sparkling wine and a lemon slice or twist garnish.
To make simple syrup: Combine ½ cup sugar and a ½ cup water in a small pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and let cool for about 5 minutes. Pour into a container and chill until completely cooled. Makes about ½ cup of syrup. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
If using a sugar cube, place the cube at the bottom of the flute and pour shaken gin and lemon juice over the top.