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French 75

Published October 17, 2012 by jenmatteson

This past Friday was another drink tasting party, hosted by our dear friends, Kimmy J and Nate.  In the spring they picked up and ditched Minnesota for Wisconsin.  They traded in their city digs for a simple country life.  Okay, that might not be entirely true as they are now successful business owners (;)), but it does seem that they live in the middle of nowhere to a city person.  Kimmy is still not quite sure where she lives, and I’m not making this up – she literally said this in a Facebook conversation.

Back to the party.  The theme was 1920’s, which most of us loved as we watch Boardwalk Empire.  Thankfully for me, no one brought straight whiskey for us to taste!  I didn’t get any pics of the drink itself, but here are a few of us dressed up.

Surprisingly everyone’s drink included gin.  Or not so surprisingly.  Nate and I made a French 75 (and Pesto Chicken Pockets), which was a hit!  We only snuck into the winner’s circle by one measly point.  Kimmy and Nate were a very tight second.  Not surprising as their drink was pretty similar to ours.  I like gin, but I don’t think you have to like it to enjoy this drink.  The lemon juice and sparkling wine really make it pop!

French 75

Source: Adapted from about.com
Servings: 1

Ingredients:

1/2 oz lemon juice
1 oz gin
1/2 oz Cointreau (we used triple sec instead)
champagne (we used a dry Rose sparkling wine)

Directions:

1. Fill a shaker with ice and add lemon juice, gin and Cointreau.  Shake and pour over ice filled tumbler.  Top with champagne.

Watermelon Breeze

Published June 23, 2012 by jenmatteson

You may be wondering why I am posting a watermelon breeze right after the watermelon-mint jello shots.  Where’s the variety, right?  Well, turns out when you puree half of a watermelon, you end up with quite a bit of extra juice (it might also have to do with the fact that 3 cups of the juice was replaced with gin to make jello shots…).

So I couldn’t just throw it out.  I HATE wasting food; it’s a big pet peeve of mine.  So, after our wine on Thursday (which is always wine and sweatpants night in my house), I finished off the night with this delightfully refreshing summer bevie.  You could certainly substitute another liquor for the gin, but I think the flavor of the gin pairs nicely with the mint and truly acts as a background flavor to the watermelon.  Even if you think you don’t like gin, try it first.  Really, it was difficult to taste the liquor in this one…which certainly can be dangerous.

Watermelon Breeze

Source: Pigzilla Original
Servings: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

2 oz gin
4-6 oz pureed watermelon with mint (process here)
1 oz soda water
lime for garnish
mint sprig for garnish

Directions:

1. Fill a low ball with ice.  Pour in gin, watermelon puree, then top with splash of soda water.  Stir as desired.  Garnish with lime and mint.

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