Lemon-Gin Sparkling Cocktails

Photo: Grant Cornett; Styling: Philippa Brathwaite
Loosely based on the French 75, a classic cocktail of gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar, this sparkling beverage uses lemonade concentrate as a shortcut. Be sure to allow the concentrate to thaw ahead of time. You'll use almost a whole bottle of Champagne; the rest goes into the dessert. If time allows, you can use a quick simple syrup with lemon juice: Combine 3 tablespoons each of sugar, lemon juice, and water; microwave for 1 minute, and cool.

Yield:

8 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 3 Minutes
Total: 3 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 154
Fat 0.0 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 0.1 g
Carbohydrate 9.9 g
Fiber 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.1 mg
Sodium 1 mg
Calcium 1 mg

Ingredients

1 cup gin, chilled
1/2 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
2 2/3 cups Champagne or other sparkling wine, chilled
Tarragon sprigs (optional)

Preparation

1. Combine gin and lemonade concentrate in a pitcher; chill until ready to serve.

2. Just before serving, add Champagne to gin mixture; stir gently. Garnish with tarragon sprigs, if desired.

Note:

Ann Taylor Pittman,

May 2011