Like a little black dress, it’s hard to go wrong with a French 75. And, like so many great cocktails, no one knows exactly who invented it or why, but the 1920’s and Harry’s Bar in Paris seem to pop up frequently. Essentially, the drink is a Tom Collins (a Thirsty Jane fave) using Champagne instead of soda water. So, the next time you’re feeling the creative juices flowing behind the home bar, take a classic and change one of the ingredients. You might invent the next great classic cocktail.
1 1/2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce lemon juice
Approximately 3 ounces Champagne
Combine the gin, simple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a champagne flute and top with Champagne.