The French 75 #SundaySupper

by Amy Kim on March 2, 2014 · 69 comments

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When I think of New Orleans, I think of Mardi Gras. When I think of Mardi Gras, I think of PARTY, PARTY, PARTY! Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is the last day to celebrate and indulge in food and drink before Ash Wednesday kicks off the fasting season of Lent. Leslie of La Cocina de Leslie is hosting today’s #SundaySupper Fat Sunday event! Hmmm, would that make it Dimanche Gras? Regardless, this is about as close to a real Mardi Gras celebration as I’m gonna get. One of these days I’m going to make my way to The Big Easy!

It ain’t a Mardi Gras celebration without a few cocktails. The French 75 was named after the powerful French field gun that was used in World War I. Its origins, however, differ depending on who you ask. English versions use gin, but there’s no dispute that the classic New Orleans version includes cognac.

Santé et laissez les bons temps rouler!

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(Cheers and let the good times roll!)

The French 75 #SundaySupper
 
Cognac makes this a classic New Orleans drink. Adapted from Food & Wine.
Author:
Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: Cocktail
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces VSOP cognac
  • 1 ounce lemon simple syrup (recipe below)
  • Sparkling wine
Instructions
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the cognac, lemon simple syrup, and shake well. Strain into a martini glass, top with sparkling wine and serve. Cheers!

 
Lemon Simple Syrup
 
Adapted from Martha Stewart. Yields ¾ cup of syrup.
Author:
Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: Cocktail
Ingredients
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • Zest from 1 small lemon
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, heat sugar, zest, and lemon juice over medium-high heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil.
  2. Pour through a fine sieve or strainer into a jar or bowl, and discard solids. Let cook completely.
  3. Syrup can be refrigerated, airtight, up to 1 month.
Notes
If the juice from 2 lemons doesn't yield ½ cup, then add enough water until you have ½ cup total.

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Here’s what the rest of the #SundaySupper party people are bringing to Fat Sunday!

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Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

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