When I visit Aimee in Minneapolis, we often like to take our business meetings to the bar at The Bachelor Farmer. Chatting wallpaper over cocktails is even more fun. Plus, they used our Nethercote wallpaper in their upstairs dining area, so we still feel very close to home :) Our favorite drink there is the classic French 75, and we think it's the perfect cocktail to shake up in celebration of the longest day of the year. Pip Hanson (The Bachelor Farmer's renowned beverage director, who just left for a sabbatical in London - lucky guy!), was kind enough to share his recipe with us. And, now we're passing it along to you. Take notes! Here's the basic recipe:
2 oz gin
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup (2:1::sugar:water)
Shake, strain into wine glass and top with sparkling wine of your choice
2 oz gin... It doesn't actually have to be Hendricks. It just happens to look good in photos. The stylist's choice in gin!
2:1 simple syrup is a go! Not totally sure I did this right. But it's simple, so how could I have messed it up?
I might have winged the precise amount of lemon juice a bit. Measuring would probably be better, just not quite as fun.
Topped with Gruet. Being from New Mexico, we're Gruet loyalist. Which is easy to be, because it's delicious.
And now for the pro tip from Pip: "As for a tip to making this drink, one thing that is important is to shake long enough so that the drink dilutes properly. If you don't dilute enough, the sparkling wine combines with the cocktail to make a little too strongly-flavored a mix; we like a more subtle combination. And use fresh-squeezed lemon juice, of course!" Thank you, Pip and Bachelor Farmer - chin, chin!
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