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Lemon-Gin Sparkling Cocktails

Photo: Grant Cornett; Styling: Philippa Brathwaite
Hands-on time 3 mins
Total time 3 mins
Yield 8 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup)
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.

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)

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  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.