The French 75

This cocktail is fairly simple to make and – on the taste side – quite refreshing.

1 ounce Plymouth gin (cognac is sometimes used)
3/4 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
3 ounces Champagne
spiral lemon peel, for garnish

Chill your glass first. Put everything except for the Champagne into a cocktail shaker with ice and give it a good shake. Pour it into a flute glass (or a Collins glass in a pinch). Top that with the bubbly and cut yourself a lemon spiral over the glass.

It’s refreshing but, for me, packs and unsuspected wallop.

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