Friday, October 4, 2013

Cocktail du jour: French 95

We are two French lessons in, and I can't even begin to describe how my brain hurts. All week long I've been listening to French podcasts and my audio cd, thinking I'm understanding everything that's streaming through my noise canceling headphones (the better for my French bubble). Then I step into class and it all disappears. I might as well be thirteen again, sitting in the front row of ninth grade French with Madame Alkonis. Good thing I'm old enough to mix conjugating with cocktails.

A French 75 is the classic combination of gin, champagne, lemon juice, and sugar. Substituting bourbon for the gin spices it up a notch (20 notches, to be exact), and by adding in some orange juice it turns into a French 95. My bartender extraordinaire muddled up some water, lemon, and a sugar cube to make the simple syrup. The bourbon makes it perfect for a cool fall evening, especially after a difficult day of practicing your je ne sais quoi's.

French 95
3/4 oz Bourbon
3/4 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz orange juice
splash of Prosecco
Combine the first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake and strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice
Top with Prosecco


  1. Ok, first off, how did you remember our french teacher's name? I would have never remembered that. I do remember how she said my name though with her french accent and I also remember saying, "Oui Oui, Denise Goulet, as she was the girl character in all of those French books.
    Girl, learning a language is hard. Zoe is in her 2nd year of Spanish and she basically knows the whole language. She tried to teach me some words and I already forgot them. I just don't think that my brain can take in any additional information, especially a language at this point. I do wish you the best of luck with learning French though! Au revoir. ;) Jackie

    1. Merci Jacqueline! I cheated and dug up our old yearbook! It was actually Mrs. Zebrowski's name I was trying to remember, but when I saw their photos I totally remembered Mrs. Alkonis and her voice "ecoutez et repetez". It's really painful going to class at the end of the day and my brain legit hurts by the end, but I'm determined to remember it all. And I've been loving all the easy recipes on Marin Mama, it definitely makes my week easier! Cheers : )