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Posted on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 1:10 p.m.

May Day Cocktail - a cheery drink for a fine spring day

By Peggy Lampman


May Day Cocktail

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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.


Zan & Greta constructing a celebratory cocktail for spring.

My kids, Greta and Zan, stopped by for dinner and I asked them to whip up something cheery with a kick; a warm-up cocktail to bid adios to the long, cold gray days behind us. This is what they concocted, which Zan informed is "...a slight riff on a French 75".

According to wikipedia, the French 75 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.

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Peggy Lampman

Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 12:13 a.m.

I love herb-infused drinks. We've a great deal to celebrate now that winter's (Lord I hope) done.

Lizzy Alfs

Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 8 p.m.

This looks delicious! Looking forward to trying it..I always like to make my own cocktails when the weather gets warm, using mint and basil that I grow.