Welcome to our first installment of Cocktail Corner. Each Tuesday our team be trying a drink from our list of underappreciated cocktails and rating them on our South Shore Kitchen Cheers scale. Each drink will rate between 1 and 5 cheers. To read more about our process check out our Cocktail Corner post. Please keep in mind our only qualifications for judging the quality of each cocktail is that we are humans who consume liquid.
This week we are trying the French 75. It is described as a refreshing sparkling cocktail perfect for finishing a Sunday brunch. On paper it seems like a win, simple syrup, lemon juice, brandy or gin, shaken and toped with a splash of champagne.
We started out with the brandy version because half our team isn’t a fan of gin. Our first batch of French 75 was shaken up and topped off. Our chilled glasses were beaded up with condensation. We were excited to give our first review. The energy in the room was bubbling more than the champagne. The team clinked our glasses, took the first sip and the cool liquid rolled across our tongues. If life was a movie this would be the point the music stopped, and everyone spit their drinks across the room.
That’s right, we unanimously dislike the French 75! After reviewing the comment sheets, we learned people would not drink it even if they were paid, it is the worst drink ever, and why is this a thing? Rating a total of one cheers among the team.
Ok, maybe the internet is wrong, and brandy isn’t a good way to go. Gin might be better! We went through the whole process again, team morale is once again high, we are all excited to have a sip, nothing wrong with a little optimism.
Except that it’s still bad. Not nearly as awful as the French 75 made with brandy but the gin version only tastes semi better because we are comparing it to the worst drink ever.
There you have it, on The South Shore Kitchen Cheers Scale we are rating the French 75 a 1. Join us next week for our review of a Dark & Stormy it has to be better than this week!
Comment down below if you are a French 75 fan or plan to give it a try! As always @thesouthshorekitchen on Instagram and show us what you are cooking.Print
- 2 oz. brandy or gin
- 1 oz. simple syrup
- 1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Champagne or prosecco, chilled
- Lemon twist for garnish
- Add brandy or gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice to cocktail shaker, top with ice and shake vigorously.
- Strain liquid into a chilled champagne flute or martini glass. (If using a martini glass, it is optional to rim the glass with brown sugar for extra sweetness!)
- Top with champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.