taste: champagne & cannon fire

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Or to give it its proper name, French 75. Which is a kind of cannon. (Also, by ‘champagne’ I mean mystery cheapo bubbly. Hence the lower-case ‘c’.) This, like its namesake, packs a bit of a wallop, but in a glamorous, understated (some might say French) kind of way.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 2oz gin, 1oz lemon juice, and a teaspoonful of simple syrup. Shake, and divide between two Champagne flutes. Top up with fizz, and garnish with a lemon twist. (I should note that this is the quantity Dr. Cocktail prescribes for one patient, but our flutes are small, and you want at least half, nay two-thirds, of this drink to be bubbly. You can always go for round two.)

This recipe is from the wonderful Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails by Ted Haigh, (or to give him his ‘nom de potation,’ Dr. Cocktail. This book is now available in a shiny new expanded edition, but I’m partial to our handy little paperback, which you can see in the back of the Hipstamatic pics that seemed appropriate here – a gift from our equally wonderful friend and upstairs neighbour Sam, of Cocktailians fame. If you only click one link all day, make it that one.

A good 11am post, right? Hey, it’s five o’clock somewhere.


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