Wayne's French 75

Photo: Charles Walton IV; Styling: Cari South

This is definitely a sipping cocktail that's at its best when made with high-quality ingredients.

Yield: Makes 1 serving
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  • 3 tablespoons brandy
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur
  • Crushed ice cubes
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1 small lemon rind twist
  • 1/2 cup Champagne or sparkling wine


  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a cocktail shaker or martini shaker. Cover with lid, and shake 30 seconds or until thoroughly chilled. Remove lid, and strain into a martini glass. Squeeze juice from lemon wedge into glass; rub lemon rind twist around rim, and drop into glass. Add Champagne to brandy mixture, and serve immediately.
  2. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Cognac for brandy and Cointreau for orange liqueur.
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