Last winter we had a really great night out with some of our best friends. We checked out a bar we hadn’t tried before. (We have since been back a few times and love it – a lot.) It was totally packed but we somehow managed to squeeze into a corner, enjoy some drinks and play many hilarious rounds of Cards Against Humanity. Date nights are rare, and those we get to spend with friends are even more so. It was one of those nights that stands out in my memory when most others have faded. The fun, the frites and also the drink I had – a French 75.

I hadn’t tried one before but it was surprisingly good. It reminded me a bit of a lemon drop but not as cloyingly sweet. It was only recently that I realized this classic drink included gin, and since I’m newly converted to liking it and have some from the lovely nectarine gin fizz, it made sense to try it at home. This simple cocktail is a staple to have in our growing ranks of drink options, and has the added perk of making me smile thinking of good times with great friends.

  • Yield 2 servings


2 oz. (¼ cup) gin
1 oz. (2 tbsp.) simple syrup
1 oz. (2 tbsp.) freshly squeezed lemon juice
Lemon twist, for garnish


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    Combine the gin, simple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until blended and well chilled. Strain into glasses, top off with champagne and garnish with a twist of lemon.