Martini. Perhaps the most classic of all the cocktails. And the most versatile. You can go to any number of restaurants and find an extensive martini menu: apple, chocolate, lemon, mint, cucumber, strawberry, pineapple, the list goes on. Now, purists will say those are flavored cocktails and not worthy of the label “Martini.”
I love a well-made Old Fashioned. I’ve recently learned how to make a great one at home, but I also like to try this cocktail when out for dinner at restaurants with a craft bar menu. (As an aside, I will probably offend any true bourbon snobs with this post so please accept my sincerest apologies in advance and I beg you to refrain from guilting me in the comment box.)
So some of you may not know this, but I have a passion for old-fashioned drinks (especially Old Fashioned’s) — I often order cocktails when I am out to dinner, particularly at nicer restaurants. Something just feels right about having a classic cocktail when out to dinner. So in my efforts to plan my editorial calendar for the blog, I decided to do a Classic Cocktail Series on Tuesdays. I don’t know how long it will go for — perhaps until we’ve covered all my favorites! I hope you will enjoy this as much as I hope to.
Let’s start with a true classic: the French 75. The French 75 is a cocktail made from gin, Champagne, lemon juice and sugar. Mmmmmm. This is not to be confused with a French Martini (which I promise to cover in another post of this series).