today's recipe is from erica of whiskey kittens. erica is one of those online friends - we tweet and i'm a big fan of her blog, and i can't wait to meet her in person because i just know we have so much in common. both writers and editors, both recently transplanted to boston, lovers of gin, wine and burgers - i could go on. but instead, i will let you become smitten with her like i am. especially after she combines two of my favorite boozes - gin and champagne.
this summer, i’m obsessed with vinho verde. it’s a super light, refreshing, semi-sparkling [and generally cheap!] portugese wine that goes down way too easily. it’s almost like drinking sprite. but it makes you feel a lot better.
despite my love of vinho verde, i’m generally strictly a liquor girl. i tend to reach for bourbon in the winter and gin in the summer, but i don’t always stick to those rules. i’m a sucker for fancy cocktails with a bit of history, and i love trying new recipes at home.
i got some good training while living in charleston, where the summers are so hot and humid, you basically swim through the air from may through october. it’s all about airy sundresses, topknots, giant sunglasses (to hide the melting makeup), and frequent AC breaks paired with very cold drinks. you also have to turn a bit nocturnal. which can be fun.
1. al fresco dining. if there’s a patio, i’m eating on it. if there’s a rooftop, even better.
2. the beach. or really any large body of water that i can jump into when i get too hot.
3. road trips.
4. the food! a perfect meal is grilled red meat plus whatever looks delicious at the farmers market, like heirloom to
5. lately, homemade popsicles. my husband just made some coconut popsicles that were so good we ate six in a day.
i’m pretty sure the french 75 is the perfect summer drink. it’s got the refreshing zip of lemon juice balanced by a touch of sugar, and the potent pairing of gin and champagne. not to mention it’s super easy to make but looks and sounds fancy. most recipes call for simple syrup, but since i’ll do anything to avoid turning on the stove this time of year, i just use straight-up sugar and it works well.
whiskey kitten's blueberry french 75
what you'll need:
4.5 ounces of gin [i use hendrick’s]
juice of one lemon
2 tsp. sugar
1. squeeze the juice of one lemon into a cocktail shaker. add two teaspoons of sugar and 4.5 ounces [or three shot glasses] of gin.
2. fill the shaker with ice, then make like the talking heads and shake it up! then shake it a little more. this step is important because not only does it make the drink ice-cold, but it also waters it down ever-so-slightly.
3. strain the mixture into two glasses and then top with champagne/cava/prosecco. the amount of bubbles you use is up to you. most recipes call for three parts bubbles to one part gin, but i tend to favor the opposite for a stronger cocktail.
4. throw a few blueberries in the glass [i like to use frozen to help keep the drink cool]. then drink up!
note: if you replace the bubbly with club soda, you’ve got a tom collins. it’s not quite as strong but just as delicious.
note #2: mason jar cocktail shaker from olives and grace. vintage champagne coupes from the SOWA vintage market.
thanks for having me!