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.
Cooking Light MAY 2011
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.
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