As we’ve noticed that our cocktail recipe letters to all you friends have been our most popular of all our correspondence, we’ve made the executive decision to give you more and more often.
This week in Colorado has been the turn in the twisty road that is springtime in the Rockies. Green finally burst forth and although the weather will surely play with us a little more, it feels like sunshine and the ability to spend time outside with one another is a gift being tenderly granted to us.
Our very favorite events involve sharing exciting conversation with friends and family outdoors and with good food and beverages. Delicious cocktails can be key to getting the evening (or fine- the afternoon) started favorably.
This episode of Lark Lovin cocktail recipes features the “French 75.”
The French 75 is an entertaining and provocative cocktail because the Gin cocktail’s mixer is champagne. Wink. The French 75’s origin is a bit of a debate but likely named after the fast firing French gun used in WW1. The cocktail is much friendlier.
In a shaker, combine:
1 1/2 oz Gin
½ oz fresh lemon juice
A few dashes simple syrup (made with equal parts sugar and water boiled to combine)
Shake rigorously with ice, strain into a a large flute or cocktail glass.
2 oz Champagne
I like to garnish with a lemon peel.
Some friends prefer this drink with a little more champagne and some with a little more Gin, You can play around with the proportions depending on your sweetness palatte or your mood. Indeed a Gin cocktail with a dash of Champagne is quite different than a Champagne with a dash of Gin.
Drink up somewhere as close as you can be to a garden with as close as you can get to friends family or neighbors. Fire escapes and the neighborhood cat will pass.
Cheers to Spring!