Q: I’m a beer drinker. What’s a really great, refreshing, and seasonal drink I can make that would be a good substitute? Donald A., Charlottesville, VA
A: Try the French 75, suggests Tony Abou-Ganim, a Las Vegas–based bartender and author of The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails. Like beer, the French 75 is filling with a light taste. “It’s fruity with spicy notes of gin and is complemented by the acidity of the lemon juice,” says Abou-Ganim. “Add in the champagne bubbles to make it more refreshing, and you’ve got the perfect substitute for a cold, summer beer.”
Here’s Tony’s take on this classic drink:
1½ oz Bombay Sapphire gin
1 oz lemon juice, freshly squeezed and filtered
1 oz simple syrup
2-3 oz ice-cold champagne
In a mixing glass, add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake with ice until well blended. Garnish an ice-filled Collins glass with sliced strawberries, lemons, and oranges, if desired. Strain cocktail into prepared glass, spritz with champagne, stir, and top with mint sprig (optional).
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