New Year's is the holiday of the bubbly cocktail, no? Something a little fancy, a little celebratory. I often think of a Champagne Cocktail — with it's sugar cube at the bottom of the glass, a few dashes of bitters on top and some bubbly — as the standard. Or a French 75, a mix of Champagne, gin, lemon, and simple syrup. Here's just a little twist on that, the French 77.
This variation — which swaps elderflower liqueur for simple syrup — hits all the bases. Tart, sweet, bubbly, and it's super pretty to boot.
We're excited for the new year. It's been a great one for Love & Victory, but a tough one for lots of friends, and I, for one, am hoping for happiness, friendship, and a double dose of health for my peeps.
Here's to a new year!
PS: And since we like (love) our gin drinks over here, we had our classic gin decanter made in the larger size... that way we can share.
Elderflower French 75
2 oz champagne (or sparkling wine)
1 oz gin
1/2 oz elderflower liqueur (we like St-Germain)
1/2 oz lemon juice
lemon twist garnish
Combine gin, St-Germain, and lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled coupe. Top with champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.