drinking with tim

champagne cocktails / elizabethcraneswartz.comthe holidays are quickly approaching and it can be a pretty crazy time for me but not this year. this year I'm ready and I thought it'd be great to kick it all off with a champagne cocktail. the lovely people at harvard common press sent me this champagne cocktails 'cookbook' and I knew exactly what I wanted to try - a French 75.  my friend alex introduced to me to this cocktail a few weeks ago and I've been dying to try it again. after I assembled my team (and by team I mean madame cliquot, mr. beefeater and my spirit guide, tim gunn), I did a little research and found out this drink originated in 1915 at the 'new york bar' in paris and was named for the french 75mm field gun from world war I because of its powerful kick. it was later made popular in new york at the stork club - these are all things I can get behind. fortunately, author aj rathburn includes wonderful lessons on the basics of champagne, its sparkling relatives, interesting anecdotes with each drink AND the simple syrup recipe this cocktail calls for - easy peasy. shall we begin?champagne-cocktail-recipe / elizabethcraneswartz.comchampagne cocktails / elizabethcraneswartz.comchampagne cocktails / elizabethcraneswartz.comchampagne cocktails / elizabethcraneswartz.comchampagne cocktails / elizabethcraneswartz.com tim and I are in agreement - refreshing, sparkling and the perfect tart kick. now that we've mastered my first champagne cocktail we're anxious to give some of the others in this book a try. with names like 'her slipped sarong' and 'jitter sauce' what could possibly go wrong?

salut mes amis!

disclosure: while I was provided a complimentary copy of the book 'champagne cocktails', all opinions are my own *hiccup*