World Cup Fever: French 75

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Today we are sharing our final post in our series for the World Cup.  Three fifths of The Blind Pig household was in mourning after the England/Croatia match up this week.  We were hoping that we would be sharing another version of a gin and tonic with you for our finale post.  However, for those of you that do not follow World Cup soccer, France and Croatia made it into the finals.

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Photo by Blind Piglet #2.  He’s such a great photographer!

The Blind Pig family are fans of the French.  We visited France in 2015 had a wonderful experience.  You gotta love those Nutella crepes!

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Since we do not know of any great Croatian cocktails to share with you, which we are sure there are many, we are going to share the French 75 with you this week.  The French 75, or also known as Soixane Quince by the French,  is an easy, tasty, and fresh recipe that is made with gin, simple syrup, lemon juice and sparkling white wine.  It is the perfect drink to serve as a refreshing summer beverage or after dinner with a dessert.  Beware, since the drink is mainly gin and sparkling wine, it can sneak up on you quickly.

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Yield: 1

French 75

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces of gin
  • 4.5 teaspoons of simple syrup
  • fresh squeezed lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
  • prosecco or champagne

Instructions

  1. Fill shaker with ice.
  2. Add gin, simple syrup and lemon juice.
  3. Shake for 15 seconds.
  4. Pour into a champagne flute.
  5. Top off with champagne or prosecco.
  6. Garnish with lemon rind.
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Will you watch the World Cup finals on Sunday or will you just have a French 75 and call it a day?  Give it a try.  We would love to know what you think about it.

  

Disclaimer:  The beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older.  We do not condone underage drinking, and never drink and drive.

Soup of the Day: Gin and Tonic

Happy weekend, friends!  We hope that your July 4th was festive and fun.  We kept the holiday low key by staying close to home and hanging out with our good friends, Dawnette and John, on the back patio.  We had great food and great cocktails, but we are not talking about those today.  Today we are again commemorating the World Cup! (Yes, it is still going on for those of you who are not soccer fans. ;)) Did you see the amazing game between England and Colombia the other day?  It was a crazy combination of fitness, drama, skill and a wrestling match.  England came out on top, so today we are tipping our hats to the English and saying, “Cheers,” with their preferred cocktail of a Gin and Tonic.

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So if the word gin freaks you out and makes you think only serious drinkers would partake, let us be the first to dispel that myth.  A gin and tonic is actually quite a light and refreshing drink.  If you are not a fan of sweet drinks, try out a gin and tonic.  It has a dry crisp taste, and the tonic water gives it a bubbly freshness.  You can add a little flavor with your favorite fresh garnish.

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The basic gin and tonic is made with 1.5 ounces of gin poured over ice in a rocks glass.  Top off with tonic water, and garnish to your liking.  We garnished ours with blueberries, strawberries and fresh mint from our garden.  By adding any fresh fruit or herbs as an addition to this cocktail you can tailor it for any season or occasion.

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You may have noticed that we went with the Q drinks Indian Tonic Water for our cocktail.  We introduced you to Q drinks in our post about the Paloma.

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Gin and tonics are great for social situations.  At your next gathering create a gin and tonic bar.  Have various favors of tonic water available, such as, lemon, grapefruit, cranberry, lemonade and more.  Provide various fresh fruits and herbs for garnish and let your friends do the rest!

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Whether you are watching the England play Sweden tomorrow or you just want to relax in your hammock in the backyard, try out a gin and tonic and raise a little toast to our friends across the pond!

  

Disclaimer:  The beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older. We do not condone underage drinking, and never drink and drive.