Saturday, December 31, 2011

In My Life: Have a Happy New Year!

Taittinger Champagne created this ad in 1979 in honor of Princess Grace of Monaco.

Hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year!  My boyfriend and I will be making French 75 champagne cocktails tonight to celebrate.  I highly recommend them -- not to mention it has a nice little story behind it.

Supposedly the drink was created by a World War I fighter pilot who wanted a little more kick to his champagne -- so he added gin and thus a very potent drink was born.  The pilot likened the feeling the drink gave him to being hit by a French 75mm field gun, hence the name.  It was apparently very popular among the American expats in Paris in the '20s, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway (and we all know both had a reputation for drinking).

Speaking from experience, be careful with this one -- it'll knock you on your ass!

French 75 Recipe
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) gin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) simple syrup
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) dry sparkling wine, such as brut Champagne, chilled

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