Quick Drink: French 75

June 22nd, 2010
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You may have noticed by now that my drinking habits tend toward the beer and wine. I typically steer clear of cocktails, but when my waiter at Incanto recommended Heaven’s Dog in San Francisco’s SOMA Grand hotel as a great cocktail bar, I wasn’t going to walk in and ask for their wine list.
Instead, I asked the bartender to come up with a concoction friendly to someone who liked the bubbles of beer or a sparkling and wasn’t so into a strong liquor flavor.
He came up with the French 75, a classic drink he said was mentioned in Casablanca.
The drink mixes cognac, simple syrup and lemon juice in crushed ice, strains it in chilled champagne glass, then gets topped off with champagne. The citrus cut through the liquor flavor, although by the end the pucker was a little intense. Even so, I’d definitely order it again if I walked into a cocktail bar and wanted something refreshing that wasn’t going to knock me down.

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