This might be one of those rare moment where those who follow me for my “American Perspective” might be rather thrown off.
I [like many others] have been watching the Euro 2012 tournament and I [like many others] have been enjoying a satisfying adult beverage while watching said games. But here’s the question: what should I have to quaff while watching? And most importantly, I don’t want to be drinking the same thing as the supporters of the French side, especially not when I’m cheering on Sweden.
If you Support Germany, the favorites at this point….
In your case you want something that fits your position. You’re clearly the favorites, so you can take it easy- but not too easy. Right? So you need an effortless cocktail. For you I’m going to recommend a Negroni, a cocktail surely befitting a tournament favorite. But wait, you shouldn’t take that with just any gin. How about Schlichte, the only gin to be a protected regional style in Germany. Go with a 1:1:1 ratio of Gin, Sweet Vermouth and Campari and enjoy the games.
Are you supporting the French in the Euro Quarters?
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Mother’s Day poses an interesting dilemma for the cocktail connoisseur. Mother’s Day Brunch seems something of a tradition for many. But Brunch is in that grey area that happens sometime between sunrise and 1 in the afternoon [known in some cultures as “morning”] where a well-made cocktail is not something to be saluted, but instead, something to be frowned at, glowered upon, and thusly be judged. So what is a gin drinker to do? And most importantly, show mom a good time.
Do charts and graphs ever lie?
The Gin is In to the Rescue
Its been widely established that it is okay to drink wine and champagne with breakfast (Journal of Brunching 1985), and therefore the Bellini and the Mimosa are a staple at most reputable brunching establishments. Additionally, the Bloody Mary is an acceptable brunch drink because it contains vegetables and according to one scholar “is sort of like a meal in and of itself (1991), therefore it is acceptable to have at brunch with your mom. But all of these drinks have one problem. No gin.
The Alternative to the Mimosa
The French 75 at its core is a simple cocktail.
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Esquire (David Wondrich)No 209 GinImbibe MagazineEmeril
Gin2 oz.1 oz.1 oz.2 oz.
Superfine Sugar1 teaspoon
Simple Syrup1/2 oz.1 oz.1 oz.
Lemon Juice1/2 oz.1/2 oz.3/4 oz.3/4 oz.
Champagne5 oz."up to top"3 oz2-3 oz.
GarnishLemon PeelLemon Twist
Gin and Champagne, the absolute pinnacle of luxury. Am I right?
The French 75 cocktail was first created in New York. The New York Bar in Paris, France to be precise. Its name comes from what history would later call “A bad World War I joke.” The drink was supposedly so strong that one drinker said that drinking this drink was akin to being shelled by a 75 mm field gun. History again has judged this statement harshly since these days ordering a drink which is over 50% champagne by volume is grounds for questioning one’s masculinity in some places. My theory is that someone drank one too many French 75s and woke up the next morning with a headache which felt like gunfire. My current theory is that French 75 is one drink whose name serves as a built in warning as to what happens if you drink one too many.
About the Cocktail
Overwhelmingly, simple syrup is preferred.
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