Not Quite French 75 (AND A GIVEAWAY)

And the winner is... janeffer92@hotmail.com! I will be contacting you for your address. Thanks to those who entered! 

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I've never been one of those commuters who can patiently listen to music waiting for the subway to arrive on the platform. Or better yet, a professional commuter who can fall asleep instantly on the train, and then magically awake before arriving at your destination. I get really impatient. And bored.

To remedy this, I listen to podcasts. Radiolab is by far my favorite, with Stuff You Should Know and Slumber Party with Alie and Georgia coming in a close 2nd and 3rd. But last week, I ran out of podcasts to listen to. Panicked, I texted my friend Liz, who had revealed to me a while back that she had been learning Portuguese from an app. "What's the app?" I asked.

"Duolingo." 

I quickly downloaded the app and have since been spending my commuting time learning French. Or at least trying to. The pronunciation is the hardest part by far; try repeating "les robes rouges" five times fast!

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So, even if I can't speak French well, I can at least attempt a French cocktail, amirite? The French 75 is indeed a classic cocktail. Supposedly, it was created in 1915, which makes it almost 100 years old! 

This drink is a bit different, not quite a French 75 but definitely similar. St. Germaine (a perennial favorite) replaces the simple syrup and I've added a couple of dashes of [my newly acquired] Rhubarb Bitters

You will need:

  • 1 oz. gin (I used Hendricks)
  • 1/2 oz. St. Germaine
  • juice of 1/2 lemon, about 3/4 oz.
  • Several dashes Rhubarb Bitters (grapefruit bitters would work well, too)
  • Ice
  • Lemon peel
  • dry sparkling wine or champagne
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Combine the gin, St. Germaine, bitters, ice, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Shake or stir until it is nice and cold. Rub the inside of the lemon peel inside the champagne flute. Strain the gin mixture into the glass. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with either the lemon peel or a slice of lemon.

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SO, here's where it gets exciting: I'm doing my first giveaway! One lucky reader is going to get shipped their very own bottle of Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters along with some of my favorite bar accessories. (I'm not getting sponsored for this post, I just love a good cocktail). 

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To enter:

  1. Leave a comment below telling me either your favorite podcast or what you listen to on your commute. (Don't forget to leave your email address on the comment so I know who to contact)
  2. Bonus entry if you subscribe to receive new posts
  3. Bonus entry if you follow me on Bloglovin'! (Lord knows I need more followers).

A winner will be chosen at random and announced at the end of the day on Friday, March 14th. GOOD LUCK!