As Spring blooms, we find ourselves outside much more for dining and evening cocktails. The next time you are out for drinks with friends, check out the cocktail menu. One of my favorite cocktails to enjoy this Spring is an old classic, a French 75.
Champagne, makes most cocktails ideal for a late spring brunch or perfect to stroll the back patio on cool evenings. Like the Sidecar, the French 75 has World War One connections, probably being named after a WWI artillery gun. Returning French pilots, familiar with the guns deadly potency, demanded a drink equally disarming and were given one. You can substitute Gin for the Brandy.
½ oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Brandy or Gin
½ oz Cointreau
Add lemon juice, Brandy or Gin, Cointreau to a shaker or pitcher with a bit of ice, stir or shake till cold. Strain contents into a champagne flute and top with champagne and a lemon twist.