The long weekend isn’t over yet!! In fact, long weekend Sunday nights are THE BEST because there’s still one more day!! Yayy! I had some fun last night with friends over for a fire-pit/BBQ. The fashion might have been less “Saturday night chic” and more “camping chic” but the refreshments were delicious and the company was even better! If you have long weekend Monday plans with family and friends, read on for a great crowd cocktail!
2¼ cups chilled gin
2 cups fresh lemon juice
1½ cups Cointreau
3 bottles (750 ml) chilled champagne
Lemon peel for garnish
In a pitcher half-filled with ice, combine gin, lemon juice and orange-flavored liqueur. Divide mixture among 12 flutes. Top with champagne and garnish with lemon peel.
Sounds great, right? Notice anything???
THREE bottles to serve 12?? And that’s just the top up?!?
It made a sizable batch of cocktails – enough to serve a crowd!
For those of you familiar with the Costco dispenser, you can imagine just how much cocktail is in there – way more than 12 servings and all but 2 cups is straight booze.
This is a tart cocktail. I added some simple syrup to sweeten it up and make it more pleasing for me and my girls!
So, here are my conclusions on the “French 75”
- Sub in any sparkling white that fits your budget. I wish I had chosen a sparkling Moscato to make it a bit sweeter.
- Add as much simple syrup as you and your girly-drink friends like.
twelveSEVENTY FIVE, more or less depending if you’re with friends or family. haha
- The Costco dispenser is totally appropriate for a casual “crowd” gathering no matter what In Style suggests.
- Go thrifting for 75 champagne flutes if you want to serve this all fancy-like as suggested.
The bottom line: the bubbles of the champagne/sparkling wine are enjoyable, but not a lot different from adding sparkling water or club soda to a wine punch. Considering the effort, cost and taste of the French 75, I will stick with the Moscato lemonade recipe floating around Pinterest for my future crowd cocktail needs (and I substitute club soda for Sprite in that recipe). Thanks anyway, In Style but I’m saving my Cointreau for classic margaritas!