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French 75 Cocktail

Two flutes filled with French 75 cocktail on a wooden table with a notebook and a plate of lemon slices nearby.
Dear friends of ours who love great cocktails brought me Brian Van Flandern’s inspired first cocktail book, called Vintage Cocktails, and I’ve bought every book he’s written since. This very special Champagne cocktail from his book is both sweet and lemony, with the rich flavor of Cognac.
Ina Garten

Prep 5 mins
Total 5 mins
Drinks
French
6 servings
198 kcal

Ingredients 

  • 3 or more lemons preferably organic
  • 1/2 cup Cognac (VS or VSOP)
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup or less to taste
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1 (26-ounce) bottle Champagne chilled
  • 4 long strips lemon zest preferably organic

Directions 

  • Before squeezing the lemons for their juice, use a sharp vegetable peeler to zest the lemon into long strips, taking care to avoid the bitter white pith beneath the zest. Then squeeze enough lemons to yield 1 ⁄ 3 cup (3 ounces or 80 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Pour the lemon juice, Cognac, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker and add the ice. Shake for at least 30 seconds. (It’s longer than you think!)
  • Divvy the mixture among 6 flutes, filling each glass about 2/3 full. (If you prefer a less sweet cocktail, start by filling a glass 1/2 full.) Top off each flute with Champagne, garnish with the lemon zest, and serve ice cold.