Movin’ to the Country
I came up with this drink when a couple friends of ours were at the bar a few weeks ago and asked for help creating a “signature cocktail” for their wedding. After hearing a description of what they wanted one of the drinks to taste like, I came up with this, a simple variation on a classic cocktail called the French 75. The French 75 gets it roots from Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. Its name is said to come from having a “kick” that felt like being shelled with the French 75-millimeter gun.
Many Jews sought refuge in France before World War II as the Nazi Party was coming to power, including my family. My grandfather tried to escape from the Warsaw ghetto with his then-wife and their child, and while they were able to escape, he was caught and eventually landed in Auschwitz. My parents are both fluent in French and met while studying abroad in Europe. French drinks and cuisine were a big part of my home growing up, and the inclusion of Suze, a French bitter liqueur flavored primarily with gentian, in this drink adds to the roots of the original French 75.
- 1 ounce dry gin
- ½ ounce Suze
- ½ ounce grapefruit juice
- ½ ounce rich simple syrup
- 2 dashes Fee Brothers Peach Bitters
- 1 dash Campari
- About 2-3 ounces champagne
- Garnish: Dehydrated peach slice