May Day Cocktail - a cheery drink for a fine spring day
Peggy Lampman | Contributor
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Seen the weather forecast for this week? Looks like we may get into the eighties! It's been a mighty long time coming. Two days and counting untll May, and what better way to celebrate than with a spiffy cocktail, full of sparkling sunny flavor.
According to wikipedia, the French 75 is "....is a cocktail made from gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar. The drink was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris — later Harry's New York Bar — by barman Harry MacElhone. The combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun, also called a "75 Cocktail", or "Soixante Quinze" in French. The French 75 was popularized in America at the Stork Club in New York."
Yield: 1 cocktail
2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
1/4 ounce simple syrup*
Sparkling topper, such as Champagne, sparkling wine or water
Fresh raspberry garnish
*To make a simple syrup combine equal parts of water and white granulated sugar. Place in a sauce pan and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until sugar is completely dissolved. Thoroughly chill before using. Will keep a month, covered and refrigerated.
1. Combine gin, lemon juice, Grand Marnier and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
2. Shake well, then pour into a flute glass. Top with your choice of sparkler. Garnish with a raspberry and serve.
Peggy Lampman is a real-time food writer and photographer posting daily feeds on her website and in the Food & Grocery section of Annarbor.com. You may also e-mail her at email@example.com.