Sunday, December 16, 2007

Cocktail Party: French 75

It is the season for many, many holiday parties. In fact we managed to attend a great party on Friday with some unbelievable food and to host a cocktail party on Saturday for our friends ANM and DJA who got married in September. This cocktail party was for those of us on the West coast who could not attend their East coast wedding. We drank French 75s, munched on rosemary and fennel sugar cookies and gougeres. Here is a toast to ANM and DJA who are starting on a great adventure.

French 75:
Basically this drink is a Tom Collins but with champagne instead of club soda.

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
2 ounces gin
3 ounces plus 1 tablespoon chilled Champagne
lemon peel for garnish
*festive addition of 4-5 fresh pomegranate seeds for extra garnish

In cocktail shaker, combine lemon juice, sugar, gin, and ice cubes and shake to chill. Strain cocktail into Champagne flute and top off with Champagne. Garnish with lemon peel and pomegranate seeds and serve.

For our 12 person cocktail party TEB and I juiced 12 lemons, premixed and chilled the lemon juice, sugar, and gin. Then we only had to pour the mix into glasses and add champagne, ~1:1 ratio.

If you are looking for a good champagne that won't blow your wallet try the
Domaine Ste Michelle Brut or Extra Dry from Trader Joe's, ~8$.

photo credit: poster design by John Leth-Nissen

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