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May All of Your Pain be Champagne

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Those that know me best know my drink of choice: bubbles.  Whether it’s cava, prosecco, or the real deal – I don’t discriminate, it’s all delicious.   A toast isn’t a toast without sparkling wine, and there is no other way to celebrate than by popping open some bubbles.  But a good glass of champagne doesn’t have to be reserved for a celebratory occasion, a champagne cocktail is a great drink after a long week,  and a sure fire way to look extra glamorous at happy hour!

A classic champagne cocktail includes a sugar cube, angostura bitters, your favorite sparkling wine, and a lemon twist.  However, you don’t always have to stick to the classics.  There are hundreds of cocktail variations out there, and here you’ll find my favorite:  The French 75!img_5579

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz.  Gin  (I prefer Watershed Four Peel Gin  from Columbus, Ohio)
  • 3/4 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup (equal parts sugar and hot water)*
  • 3 oz. Champagne (or other sparkling wine)

Preparation:  Combine first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake it til your heart’s content.  Strain in a martini glass or champagne flute, and top
with your sparkling.  Garnish with a lemon peel or twist.

*To really up your 75 game – pick an herb to infuse into your simple syrup.  My favorite addition is sage, but basil or rosemary would be delightful depending on the season.  Simply combine the sugar and water together, then toss in the leaves before cooling.  

 

 

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