This year, with the pandemic dragging on and many of us staying home on New Year's Eve, we could all use an uplifting bubbly cocktail for ushering in 2022.
Not long before the world came to a grinding halt, we were asked to create cocktails for a five-course dinner benefitting Findlay Market. The menu was heavily French influenced, and the French 75 naturally came to mind as a potential pairing for one of the courses.
The French 75 is a classic cocktail made with gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar. The drink dates to World War I, and the inspiration for the title is a French 75mm field gun that, like the beverage, has quite a "kick."
We put our spin on the French 75 by making it with Lavender Peach Mixicles (found online in our Floral Collection and at Kroger stores in our Curated Collection). When mixed with gin and Champagne, the botanicals and bubbles combine to create a cocktail meant for raising spirits.
This December 31, as you reflect back on another unprecedented year, try sipping a French 75.1 for auld lang syne.
- 1 Lavender Peach Mixicles cube
- 1 oz gin
- Sprig of lavender and lemon twist for garnish
How to Mix:
- Place the Mixicles cube in a champagne flute and allow it to thaw for 5 to 10 minutes. Add the gin and then top up with Champagne. Garnish with lavender and a lemon twist.
Jen Morales is the co-founder of Cincinnati-based Mixicles, an all-natural, frozen, non-alcoholic botanical mixer that can be popped into any liquor, wine, champagne, etc for an instant cocktail. They can even used as a natural foundation for distinctive zero-proof drinks and smoothies. Learn more at www.mixicles.com.