Low-A.B.V. French 75
This big, bright take on the French 75 skips the bubbly classic’s gin or cognac, instead adding sweetly herbal, lower in A.B.V., blanc vermouth. Serving it up and over ice in a Collins glass is a nod to how early French 75s were served. (The ice continues to dilute the drink as you sip.) Or serve up in a Nick and Nora or coupe.
- Serves: 1 person
- Ice (optional)
- 1ounce blanc vermouth, such as Dolan or Noilly Prat
- 1ounce sweet bay-peppercorn shrub
- ½ounce fresh lemon juice
- 3to 4 ounces Champagne or dry sparkling wine
- Lemon twist
Step 1In an ice-filled shaker, combine the vermouth, shrub and lemon juice. Cover and shake vigorously until well chilled. If serving over ice, fill a Collins glass with ice and strain the cocktail into the glass. If forgoing the ice, strain into a Nick and Nora or coupe glass. Top with Champagne and finish with the lemon twist.