The French 75 is a classic cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, sugar, and Champagne, but way down yonder in New Orleans, Arnaud’s bar puts a delightful spin on the drink, replacing the gin with Cognac. I categorically prefer the NOLA version, and this week we’re presenting the drink as intended. You can play with the specified brands of brandy and Champagne — just don’t try substituting cheap Prosecco or cava for the sparkling wine. As well, the better the brandy you use in the drink, the better it’ll taste!
Arnaud’s French 75
1.5 oz Cognac (Arnaud’s specifies Courvoisier VS)
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp simple syrup
Champagne to top (2.75 oz; Arnaud’s specifies Mumm’s Cordon Rouge)
Lightly shake Cognac, lemon juice, and syrup with ice. Pour into a chilled tulip glass and top with Champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.