Thursday, August 30, 2012

French Quarter 75: A Cocktail for Labour Day

Popularized in New Orleans by the legendary restaurateur Arnaud Cazenave, and the French artillery gun used in World War I, the French 75 is an extremely potent combination of champagne and gin that will definitely make an impact at your upcoming Labour Day party. Any drink that has its origins in gunpowder and a classic French Quarter restaurant like Arnaud’s, will provide the perfect accompaniment to whatever fireworks may arise on the long weekend.

Labour Day French 75
Serves 2

4 oz London dry gin
2 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
2 tsp superfine sugar
1 oz lemon or lime juice
10 oz champagne or prosecco
Raspberries and lemon curls, for garnish

Shake all the ingredients together well with cracked ice in a chilled cocktail shaker, then strain into champagne flutes and top off with a raspberry and lemon twist.