Thurs 4/21 – 4-9:00 PM – French 75 Cocktail special riffs: The French 75 cocktail is named after the French army’s weapon of choice during World War I: the French 75-millimeter light field gun. The outlet reports that over 20,000 guns of its kind were made and fired during the war, along with 200 million shells. A soldier was able to fire 15 rounds of ammo per minute, making it one of the deadliest on the market. As news of the war spread in 1914, one French bartender decided to create a specialty WWI-inspired cocktail coined “Soixante-Quinze,” otherwise known as Seventy-Five. The drink immediately started being compared to its namesake gun, being referred to as “the most powerful drink in the world” and “hits with remarkable precision.” However, the Seventy-Five back then is not exactly the French 75 we drink today. The cocktail is a perfect study in balance of flavor and texture: It’s tart and citrusy, with a round sweetness and palate-tickling effervescence that works in harmony with cognac. We Americans have chosen to substitute gin for cognac but for many a French cognac is the alcohol of choice with a classic depth that is hard to obtain in gin. This effervescent drink offers a boozier kick than a Mimosa, and is made with cognac, lemon juice, simple syrup and topped with Champagne. So we are presenting a riff of 4 more “French 75” cocktails for you to enjoy.
French 75 (the original) – Courvoisier, fresh squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup, Champagne topper; Amaretto French 75 – Camus cognac, Amaretto, lemon juice, simple syrup, Champagne topper; Elderflower French 75 – Korbel cognac, St. Germaine, lemon juice, Champagne topper; French Harvest 75 – Courvoisier, lemon juice, simple syrup, dry sparkling cider; South Mint 75 – St. Remy XO, gin, lemongrass syrup, mint, lemon juice, Champagne topper
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