Cocktail Hour

The Ultimate Bubbly Cocktail: Elderflower
French 75

When you can’t decide between a glass of bubbly and a cocktail, the French 75 is just the ticket. A cousin to the Tom Collins, this libation (also called a Soixante Quinze, or Seventy Five, in France) combines gin, lemon juice, sugar, and Champagne. It dates back to World War I, where its name was inspired by a 75mm field gun used by French soldiers and has made cameos in classic films like Casablanca.

In our version, we add a touch of elderflower liqueur for a special twist. We love the delicate, floral quality the spirit adds to the herbal gin and refreshing bubbles. Rather than the typical Champagne, we swap in Cava, an excellent value-minded alternative from Spain with a similarly crisp, slightly nutty quality. Our tip: This drink is best served very cold, so make sure your gin and bubbly are well-chilled. Serve in Champagne flutes with a long spiral of lemon peel to add a touch of old-school elegance to any celebration. À votre santé!

Elderflower French 75

(Serves 1)

1 lemon
2 ounces gin, well-chilled
1 ounce elderflower liqueur
½ ounce simple syrup
2 ounces Cava, well-chilled

1. Rinse lemon; then, using a twist knife or vegetable peeler, remove a long, thin spiral of peel. Halve lemon.

2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine gin, elderflower liqueur, simple syrup, and juice of 1 lemon; shake vigorously until chilled and thoroughly combined.

3. Strain over a Champagne flute. Top with Cava and gently stir to combine. Garnish with lemon spiral. Cheers!

Recipe contributed by Plated Senior Recipe Editor Sara Heegaard.

This article is intended for individuals 21-years-old and over. Please drink responsibly.

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