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Author Notes: Not being a big cocktail drinker I only relish in a few, in part because of their historical provenance. The French 75 goes back to between the two World Wars, and was named for a French artillery piece. I like the Negroni also, the cocktail of the Italian Futurists, but it doesn’t make for a great poolside beverage. The 75 can be served in a sturdy tumbler rather than a dainty Sex and the City martini glass. I strongly recommend using Hendrick’s gin, as it has a great blend of botanicals. After that, the ingredients are simple. And this is NOT a blender drink. To take it on a picnic, make the drinks ahead, pour them into a sealed container, and serve over ice. It's okay to use plastic cups. —pierino
- 2 shots gin (I prefer Hendrick’s)
- 2 shots Cointreau
- Big squeeze of lime
- 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar
- Sparkling wine (Champagne or Prosecco), chilled
- Add enough ice to your cocktail shaker to fill it about a third of the way.
- Add the gin, Cointreau, lime, and sugar, then cover and shake well. Strain the drink into tumblers chilled with ice.
- Finish off each glass with a big splash of sparkling wine. An additional lime wedge is optional.
- Keep pouring ‘em.
- This recipe is a Community Pick!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Picnic Recipe
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Poolside Cocktail
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