French 76

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Another classic cocktail originating at Harry’s in Paris, a French 75 packs some punch. Named after a the 75 mm field gun, a traditional French 75 consists of gin, champagne, simple syrup, and lemon. I decided to reinvent the drink infusing fresh summer peaches that have been reduced into a simple syrup. The result is a sweet rendition of an old favorite, reminiscent of a bellini, and perfect for summer entertaining.

Ingredients:

Gin-3 tbsp
Champagne-1/3 cup
Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice-2 tbsp
Lemon-for zest
Sugar-1 cup
Fresh Peaches-3
Ice-1cup
*Yield: 2 drinks
**You will need a zester for this recipe

Directions:

Do ahead-Combine sugar, water and peaches in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer. Cook for 20 minutes, slowly stirring and breaking down the peaches with a whisk. Once pots contents are fragrant and syrupy, strain and conserve liquid. Put in fridge to chill. Squeeze lemon juice, chill also.

Zest lemon into long thin strands with zester. In a shaker combine ice, gin, lemon juice, and 1 tbsp peach simple syrup. Shake well…like for a really long time. 2 minutes should do it. Pour shaken liquid into two champagne flutes. Top with champagne and garnish with lemon twist.

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