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Monday, November 14, 2016

French 75

Life has been busy.  Taking care of my mom, my aunt and a dear friend who had a house fire.  A vacation to Montreal and Quebec.  A couple of business trips.  A LOT of work in the office.  I'm behind.  Seriously behind.  So, let me without further ado introduce you to the French 75. 

We first had this drink in New Orleans.  And, loved it.  Then, we made it at home.  Meh.  Fast forward to Ina Garten's new cookbook - Cooking for Jeffrey.  Several drink recipes but this was the one we had all the ingredients for.  This time it was a five.  Just as good as New Orleans.  It'll go on our short list for sure.  Right up there with my beloved Boss Tweed!

French 75
makes four cocktails


4 ounces VS or VSOP Cognac
4 ounces simple syrup
3 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
2 cups ice cubes
1 750 ml bottle good Champagne, chilled (we used Prosecco)
4 long strips of lemon zest


Put the Cognac, simple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with the ice.  Shake for 30 seconds.  Pour into four Champagne flutes and top them off with the Champagne and lemon zest. 

from Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten