French 75 & Nicola 7 cocktails


The sparkling nature of Prosecco, champagne or cava adds a degree of complexity to all gin drinks. These two are particular favourites, a combination of classic and contemporary.

They’re perfect for a wedding reception, party, or simply just to use up that spare bottle of fizz you have lying around. Nothing says celebration like a glass of gin fizz in your hand.

Whilst the French 75 is a gin-based classic, the Nicola 7 is a variant on the Nicola 6, using gin instead of vodka to bring out the berry flavours.

Just add a fruity garnish to finish.

French 75 cocktail

Ingredients

50ml gin

30ml lemon juice

Sugar syrup

Champagne

Cherry and lemon peel spiral to garnish

Method

1. Add the lemon, sugar syrup and gin to an ice-filled shaker

2. Shake for about 15 seconds until chilled

3. Strain into a champagne flute.

4. Top with champagne. Stir gently, garnish with a long, thin lemon spiral and a cocktail cherry.


Nicola 7 cocktail 

Ingredients

25ml gin

3 fresh strawberries (diced)

A couple of slices of cucumber (diced)

1 tsp lemon juice

A dash of berry cordial (or Chambord if you don’t have any)

Rosé cava to top up

A strawberry to garnish

Method 

1. Muddle the strawberries, cucumber, lemon juice and gin together in the bottom of a shaker

2. Add your dash of berry cordial and a handful of ice

3. Shake vigorously

4. Strain through a sieve into a martini glass

5. Top up with the cava

6. To garnish, slice a strawberry down the middle and slide onto the side of the glass


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