Meyer Lemon French 75

Meyer Lemon French 75

Why is the first week back to work after the holidays always so sluggish and difficult? Every year, it’s the same. I have trouble waking up in the morning, I’m bushed every night for no apparent reason, my workouts feel terrible, and my mood is… out of sorts, to put it politely. Then that first weekend comes, and everything is okay again. I don’t know…

Winter citrus has arrived, and I said that this year I wasn’t going to go crazy trying to make as many recipes as possible, and thought maybe I’d skip it altogether, but I’ve already used Meyer lemons, key limes and kumquats, plus some blood oranges sit on my counter patiently awaiting their fate, so there goes that, I guess.

Meyer Lemon French 75

No matter! This drink is certainly worth sharing. A French 75 is a classic New Orleans libation, supposedly named after French military artillery (???), and while it sounds fancy, it’s actually a very simple drink made of simple syrup, lemon juice, and either gin or cognac, then topped off with Champagne or sparkling wine.

Meyer Lemon French 75

Today we make it more seasonal with Meyer lemons, but regular lemon juice would obviously do just fine. Meyer lemons have an almost bitter yet sweet quality to them that I thought played well off the strong gin. This drink certainly sounds and even looks a bit fancy, so I say bust it out for an appropriate occasion! Enjoy!

Meyer Lemon French 75

Source: Down South by Donald Link

1 oz. freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
1 ½ oz. gin
Champagne or sparkling wine
Twist of Meyer lemon peel

Combine the Meyer lemon juice, simple syrup, and gin in a cocktail shaker with a scoop of ice. Cover and shake vigorously. Pour the strained drink into a champagne flute or coupe glass. Top off with Champagne and garnish with the lemon peel.
Makes 1 drink as written.

6 responses to “Meyer Lemon French 75

  1. I love a citrusy cocktail come the new year and love the addition of champagne to this one. Delish!

  2. one of my very favorite cocktails – and now you have me craving one at 9am, ha! cheers!

  3. I could use a few of these this week! I have to try it with Meyer lemons.

  4. First, I am right there with you. I made the mistake of scheduling a lot my first week back and it was a nightmare! Second, this looks amazing! I confess I was expecting to see some kind of lemon liquor in it too. Which now I am tempted to try lol!

  5. Right there with you! This week has been so sluggish for me too, I’ve went to bed before 8:30 every night and slept in until 6:30 or 7 and STILL have been tired every day. Hopefully I’ll hop back on track next week. We’re doing a no alcohol January but I can’t wait to try this in a few weeks! I’m obsessed with winter citrus as well so this is perfect!

  6. I know what cocktail I need to make this weekend. Looks so refreshing.

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