Cocktail of the Week: French 75

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You know what’s better than a Tom Collins? A Tom Collins with Champagne in it! We’ve had a bottle of the bubbly sitting in our fridge for awhile and I decided I wanted to do something with it. Something other than a Bellini. Friends had a few recommendations. The French 75 ended up winning.

The ingredients

The ingredients

French 75

  • 1 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • champagne (around 2 oz.)

Add gin, lemon juice, and syrup to shaker filled with ice. Shake. Strain ingredients into a Collins glass filled with cracked ice. Top with champagne. I has some frozen raspberries so I tossed a few of those on as a garnish.

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Doesn’t look like much, does it? That’s okay though because it taste’s great. D and I took these out on the back porch last evening and sipped them as the sunset. The French 75 was the perfect treatment for the 97 degree weather. After drinking this I don’t know if I can ever go back to a regular ol’ Tom Collins.

Summer Garden 2014 – May Report

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tomato blooms

Earlier this month the majority of our garden was wiped out by one or more rapacious leporids. For a few weeks D and I pretended not to care about the backyard anymore. But, something about having empty garden boxes wears on you. We broke down and decided to take another go at it. This time though we had to think of a way to keep the rabbits, rats, puppies, etc. out of the boxes. There were a lot of fancy methods we could have used but the cheapest, and so far effective, way was to get some two foot stakes and some bird netting.

You can sort of see the netting in this picture

You can sort of see the netting in this picture

A little time, a little elbow grease, and some staples and we had two feet of netting protecting our plants. It’s been two or three weeks now and all of the plants are still there. I’m going to call that a success (knock on wood.) This feels like the third time we’ve planted so far this year but I’m thinking it’s the last. I think we might have planted the garden too early the first two times anyway. The days weren’t long or hot enough for the plants to be happy.

Green tomatoes

Green tomatoes

Eggplant

Eggplant

Garden bed w/ netting

Garden bed w/ netting

fingers crossed this zucchini produces this year

fingers crossed this zucchini produces this year

The beginning of a tomato plant boom.

The beginning of a tomato plant boom.

 

 

Cocktail of the Week: The Lucien Gaudin

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Lucian Gaudin was a fencer, at least that is what this wikipedia page says, I like to think the reason a drink is named after him was because he won gold in fencing a couple times at the Olympics and at the time the French were super into fencing. Who knows though?

This cocktail is another request by D, who seems to find all sorts great cocktail recipes without even looking. I didn’t have any Campari on hand but a quick trip to the store rectified that. After sampling the Campari before making the cocktail I was a little worried, because it was really bitter. And, no, I didn’t notice that Campari is a bitter. Nor did I notice the giant calligraphic ‘bitter’ printed on the label. I am a moron. My fears were unnecessary.

The ingredients

The ingredients

The Lucien Gaudin

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Campari
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau (or triple sec)
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth

Mix all ingredients with ice. Pause, then mix again. Strain and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist if you so desire.

2014-05-31 19.25.59This cocktail is a beautiful soft, pink color. I commented to D after making it that it looked like Kool-aid a little. It does not taste anything like Kool-aid or any other sugardrink you might be familiar with. The Campari and Cointreau are a perfect pair with the gin and vermouth adding little hints and subtle variations to the flavor. This is a surprisingly strong drink though. Definitely a drink to sip, and slowly enjoy before dinner.