Countdown with Cocktails- Day 2: French 77

What better way to celebrate New Years Eve than a champagne cocktail?! This cocktail is called the French 77, but the ratio used is very common and can be used to make many different cocktails. The French 77 features the very delicious combination of St. Germain Elderflower liqueur and gin. This combination is very fragrent and full of botanicals. The sweetness of the St. Germain goes perfectly with gin's other classics partners, lemon and carbonation.

If you want to modify this cocktail, try swapping the gin for cognac or the St. Germain for Cointreau (for a sparking White Lady). If you switch out both the gin and St. Germain for cognac and Cointreau, you get a sparkling version of the Sidecar cocktail. You can also do complete makeover and switch out the gin for tequila, the lemon juice for lime juice and the St. Germain for Cointreau to create a sparkling Margarita.

French 77 champagne elderflower

The French 77

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • Dry champagne or other sparkling wine

Shake the gin, St. Germain, cimple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice.

Strain into a chilled champagne flute and top with the champagne.

Garnish with a lemon twist.

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