You guys… this week has been a week. Some weird things have happened and it’s been… just weird. I very rarely find myself getting home at night and heading straight for the wine bottle, but that’s exactly what I did last night. In honor of that, I bring to you this week’s cocktail – The French 75, with vodka. (Note: I did not make this last night, but my oh my would it have been a delightful way to unwind.)
According to my research, this beverage is traditionally made with gin – but I don’t really love gin, and so, vodka it is (I’ve checked, you can totally make this with vodka… just be prepped for the extra buzz).
(The link above goes to the original recipe)]
- A shot (just one!) of vodka
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- Champagne or sparkling wine (I’m a Prosecco lover myself, although my favorite champagne happens to be Laurent-Perrier.)
- Garnish: long thin lemon spiral and cocktail cherry (The image shows an olive. For the love of anything in the world, please don’t put an olive in your champagne – ick!)
- Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake gin, lemon juice, and sugar in a cocktail shaker until well chilled, about 15 seconds.
- Strain into a champagne flute.
- Top with Champagne. (This is key – you need to add the champagne after shaking – otherwise you’ll have a carbonated mess on your hands.)
- Stir gently.
- Garnish with a long, thin lemon spiral and a cocktail cherry.