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Celery French 75 Cocktails

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 40 mins
  • yield: Makes 12 cocktails
Photography: Jonathan Lovekin

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons packed fresh celery leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 4 to 5 lemons)
  • 6 ounces gin, chilled
  • 1 bottle (750 mL) sparkling wine, such as Champagne or cava, chilled
  • Candied lemon rinds (marthastewart.com/candied-lemon-zest) or lemon twists, for garnish

Cook's Note

French Twist
The ultrasmooth French 75 cocktail is named for an equally ultrasmooth 75-millimeter artillery cannon used in World War I. In this version, the alluring blend of gin and sparkling wine gets an aromatic herbal lift from celery-infused syrup.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; add celery leaves. Let syrup cool. Pour through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard leaves.

  2. Step 2

    To assemble each cocktail, combine 1 tablespoon celery syrup, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1/2 ounce gin in a Champagne glass. Top off with wine; gently stir to combine. Garnish with celery leaf and lemon rind or twist; serve immediately.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2013

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