French 75, Anniversary cocktail

(A year ago, we launched our site with this cocktail, a lovely integration of bubbles, gin, citrus, and a touch of syrup. We’ll gather the ingredients tonight for a celebration.)
The French 75 was the first in a series of drinks named after military artillery pieces. This caliber of cannon saw service with American soldiers in France during World War I.

The French “75” MDC Anniv French 75 vert
1 1/2 ounces dry gin
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Chilled champagne or sparkling wine
Ice cubes

Pour gin, lemon juice and simple syrup into a champagne flute half filled with ice cubes. Stir. Top with champagne. To experience the full flavor of the drink, keep the ratio of champagne fairly low. If you’re celebrating, or want to enhance the bubbly aspect, use less gin and more sparkling wine.

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