I can hardly believe that 2014 is about to come to a close. It seems like just yesterday I was reflecting back on 2013 and making my plans and goals for this year. And as this calendar year is about to expire, there are still a few things I have been hoping to accomplish beforehand. One of them is to make a classic cocktail I’ve been craving: the French 75 Cocktail.
Here’s the thing: when it comes to creating cocktails at home I definitely tend to lean toward the simpler side. I don’t want to mess with 100 different complicated ingredients. Right off the bat, the French 75 fits the bill. You probably already have everything on-hand in your kitchen, with only four simple ingredients it isn’t too difficult! And even though it is simple to make, the presentation is oh so fun – who doesn’t like feeling fancy with a fluted glass in hand? And the flavor is just what I like: it’s light but flavorful. You get the tart bite of the lemon, but it is softened out by the sparkling wine. The hints of gin that forms the base of the cocktail is a lovely note as well!
I have sampled some French 75s at various restaurants throughout the year, and they have always been a favorite. They’re crisp, sparkling, and festive! The recipe is a classic, but I’ve seen various versions; some use more gin. Some use simple syrup in the cocktail, some just use superfine sugar in the shaker. Overall, the flavor profile remains the same. Anyway, I’ve been craving one for while now, and with the New Year about to arrive, a sparkling wine/champagne cocktail seems like the perfect way to toast to 2015. Am I right? So, I’m quenching my thirst for this particular recipe today, and perhaps you will too…serve one of these pretty concoctions at your New Year’s Eve celebration!
- 3 ounces gin
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons super fine sugar
- 6 ounces sparkling wine (or champagne)
- Add the gin, lemon juice, and sugar into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until well chilled (about 15-20 seconds).
- Strain into 2 flute glasses, then top with sparkling wine/champagne. Garnish with a lemon peel. Enjoy!
Make sure you check out all of the recipes the Sunday Supper family has been craving this year:
Comfort Food Cravings
- Beef Tenderloin Citrus Arugula Salad from Family Foodie
- Chunky Beef Chili from MealDiva
- Cowboy Candy and Cream Cheese from Rhubarb and Honey
- Creamy Veggie and Chip Dip from La Bella Vita Cucina
- Golabki (Polish Cabbage Rolls) from Healthy. Delicious.
- Jalapeno Poppers Wrapped in Bacon from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Lightened and Loaded Potato Soup from Momma’s Meals
- Prime Rib Roast from Confessions of a Culinary Diva
- Roasted Cashews & Walnuts with Honey and Herbs from Delaware Girl Eats
- Russian Black Bread from Curious Cuisiniere
- Sausage and Cheese Stromboli from Casa de Crews
- Steak and Eggs from Nosh My Way
- Steak Tartare from The Texan New Yorker
- Swiss Onion Bread from The Foodie Army Wife
Quench Your Thirst Cravings
- Crab Artichoke Bread from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Mussels in Coconut Broth with Garlic Toasts from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Seafood Scampi from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Cravings
- Apple Bundt Cake from Pancake Warriors
- Dark Chocolate Potato Chip Fudge from Nik Snacks
- Dulce de Leche Rice Krispy Treats from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Hot Chocolate Milky Way Brownie Pie from Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Lower-Sugar Carrot Cake Jam from What Smells So Good?
- Maple Syrup Creme Brule from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Mint Infused Deep Dish Brownies from The Perfect Brownie
- Paleo Pound Cake from NinjaBaker
- Pizzelle from Eat, Drink and be Tracy
- Sweet Potato Sheet Cake from Pies and Plots
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