15 June 2010

Sipping At The Sin Palace

Gin sounds so old-fashioned, doesn't it? It's so proper and prim-schooled like. If it had a wardrobe it would be full of pleated skirts and riffled shirts, lots of tweeds and brooches. If gin were a girl she'd come across a little bashful and not quite willing to explore her princess qualities-but if only she knew what was hiding under her petticoat. She's a little prudish, but there's a diva dying for exposure underneath that veil of reservation.

If gin were a literary club, it would be packed with Emily Bronte
and Jane Austen bookworms. Gin is for hopeless romantics, clinging to the ideal of Heathcliff waiting out yonder to take them away.
~Jane Rocca, The Cocktail

French 75
1 lemon
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) Plymouth gin
1 1/2 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) simple syrup
1 cup ice cubes
1/4 cup (2 ounces) Champagne, chilled

Using zester or paring knife, slice peel from lemon in long, thin spiral. In cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into chilled Martini Glass and top with Champagne. Curl lemon peel around finger to create twist at least 6 inches long. Garnish drink with twist and serve immediately.

And Please Enjoy!

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