Cocktail Hour: The Classic French 75
While on my bar cart I have one type of tequila, one type of rum and one type of vodka, I am always collecting different gins for their different flavour profiles so I can best pair them with the recipe at hand. Currently I have a beautifully savoury Gin Mare for my elderflower gin and tonics, the very botanical The Botanist for when I really want the flavour of my gin to pack a punch, as well as my latest addition: my latest bottle of London Dry gin that comes in this simply stunning blue bottle I was sent by Slingsby Gin.
A few weeks ago I visited the London Gin Club for the first time and I chose one of my favourite gin cocktails I don’t get to have all that often: the classic French 75, a perfectly balanced mix of fresh lemon juice, sugar syrup and gin, topped up with champagne and finished with a twist of lemon. With all of the classic cocktails at the London Gin Club, you can choose your gin from their list of 270 different gins for your own unique cocktail. This is why I thought a French 75 would be the perfect cocktail to showcase my bottle of Slingsby with; with the unique gin I chose, the character of the cocktail was really unique. Slingsby has a really clean flavour, and is therefore prefect to enjoy this Bank Holiday weekend with a few nibbles while you’re firing up the barbecue.
And, as you have probably already noticed, the bottle is stunning. It comes in a beautiful navy and gold box, with pretty white and gold botanical illustrations hidden inside. The box also contains a lovely little booklet with the history of Slingsby Gin, a note which botanicals it is made with, instructions for the perfect Slingsby gin and tonic garnish (a pink grapefruit twist, blueberries or rhubarb in case you were wondering), and recipes for a couple of gin cocktails. It would make the perfect gift for your gin lover in your life!
The measurements below are simply for one cocktail, but remember with a champagne float you’ll be opening a bottle so it is best to make these when there are a couple of you. If you don’t have any fresh lemons knocking around but you do have a bottle of Limoncello, you can always make my favourite New Years Eve favourite, an Italian 75.
- 1 1/2 tbsp Slingsby Gin
- 2 tsp Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp Sugar Syrup
- Chilled Champagne
- Lemon Twists, to garnish
Place the lemon twists, gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup in the bottom of a champagne flute, and top up with chilled champagne. You can either use shop brought simple sugar syrup, or make your own by combining equal parts white caster or granulated sugar with water, and stir it in a small saucepan over a medium heat until all of the sugar has dissolved.
What have you been up to over the Bank Holiday weekend? We started the weekend with English wine and lobster at The Duke William in Ickham, and we have been relaxing outside with plenty of good food and wine. We’re attempting a spit roast for the first time today, so wish us luck!