Tomorrow welcomes Bastille Day, the French national holiday that commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution. It's the perfect time to get cozy on the patio of a little bistro and make some celebratory noise. In the past, I've been inclined to settle in with a big beer and some moules frites, but this week, I've got a hankering for a French 75.
If you've never had one, a French 75 combines bubbly with the bright flavors of citrus and gin for a slightly sweet but very clean drink. My favorite version comes from San Francisco bar star Jeff Hollinger, who likes to garnish his drink with house-made brandied cherries. Drinking one makes me feel très sophistiqué, like a true Parisian. Get the recipe.
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1-1/2 ounces gin
3 brandied cherries, for garnish (recipe follows)
Lemon twist, for garnish
- In an ice-filled pilsner or collins glass, combine the syrup, lemon juice, and gin. Stir to mix.
- Fill the glass to the top with Champagne and garnish with cherries and a lemon twist.
Makes one drink.
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6 pounds dark, sweet cherries
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cinnamon sticks
1 1/4 cups brandy
- Wash and pit the cherries. Combine the sugar, water, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a large saucepan.
- Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low. Add the cherries and simmer for five minutes.
- Remove from the heat, remove the cinnamon sticks, and stir in the brandy.
- Transfer the cherries to a jar and refrigerate for up to two weeks.
Makes six pints.
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