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)
Total:
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Recipe Time

Hands On: 3 Minutes
Total: 3 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 154
  • Fat: 0.0g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Protein: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 9.9g
  • Fiber: 0.0g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.1mg
  • Sodium: 1mg
  • Calcium: 1mg

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. 1. Combine gin and lemonade concentrate in a pitcher; chill until ready to serve.
  2. 2. Just before serving, add Champagne to gin mixture; stir gently. Garnish with tarragon sprigs, if desired.
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