It somehow feels indulgent to open a bottle of bubbly just to make cocktails. But, it’s summer, and prosecco is the name of the game — and a good-for-mixing bottle can be had for under $20. So why not?
What really convinced me to try out a French 75,* though, was MetropoChris’s write-up, which told me that not having simple syrup on hand was no excuse. All I had to do was put a 1/4 cup of water and a 1/4 cup of sugar in a bowl and microwave it for 30 seconds. Okay, done.
* Which I had never had, despite trying a sister cocktail, the Soixante-Neuf, a while back.
And it was good.
- 2½ oz gin
- juice of one lemon
- 1 oz simple syrup
- 6 oz sparkling wine
- lemon wheels, for garnish
- Mix the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until cold and strain into two goblets.
- Top with sparkling wine. Float a lemon wheel on top of each drink, and enjoy!