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The Ultimate Holiday Cocktail – The French 75

Nothing says Merry Christmas like getting completely sloshed and arguing with your relatives, and as my little Christmas gift to you here’s an elegant festive cocktail that will help get you there – The French 75.

Here’s what you will need:

  • 1/3rd Cup Sugar
  • 1/3rd Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup English Dry Gin
  • 3 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Bottle Chilled Champagne

Heat the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, and stir until the sugar has disolved, then cool.

Combine syrup with gin and lemon juice. Chill until cold.

Add 2 tablespoons gin mixture to each Champagne flute, then top off with the Champagne. Garnish with julienned lemon.

Drink three or four with your relatives, then begin discussing Fox News, illegal immigrants, distributing condoms to 8th graders, Sarah Palin’s qualifications to run the universe, extending unemployment benefits for twelve years, gay Generals, your much better ideas on how your siblings should raise their kids,  your brother’s lack of ambition, and the fact that your parents loved your sister more than you.  Merry Christmas!

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2 Responses to The Ultimate Holiday Cocktail – The French 75

  1. Don Dougherty says:

    Since Tim did not provide the history behind this cocktail, I feel compelled to do so. While the original recipe likely contained cognac instead of the gin, one thing is clear – the drink as named after a piece of French artillery called the Soixante Quinze (the 75) which was a powerful 75mm howitzer that was deployed during WWI. The drink was popularized (if not created) at a landmark Paris watering hole called “Harry’s New York Bar”. Quite likely, this is where the Cognac was replaced by gin as this bar was a popular spot with the American Field Service Ambulance Corps, for whom Ernest Hemingway rather famously served. The drink got its name from the kick of gin hiding beneath the Champagne as consuming a few of these felt like being shelled by this artillery. Cheers!

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