I could call this the Lazy AND Cheap Girl’s French 75, or alternatively, What To Do With Bad Sweet Wine. When a girl is homebound by the dreaded four letter L-word (see my Insta stories for what I’m talking about, rhymes with ice and is representative of what moms endure for their darling long-thick-haired children who crawl into bed with them), she gets resourceful with supplies.
After spending two days doing laundry and cleaning, five and a half hours checking my daughter’s long luscious locks, and another two having my husband check me (admittedly lacking faith in his ability), I was more than ready for an afternoon cocktail. I had a bottle of my least favourite Two-Buck-Chuck varietal (makes it sound fancy, don’t it). The White Zinfandel which is actually pink is very sweet and tastes like two dollar wine. I hate to waste though so I used it to make a wine cocktail – not nearly as good as the real thing but passable for a desperate woman.
The French 75 is one of my favourite cocktails. It involves champagne/proseco/sparkling wine (depending on your budget, ergo I use the latter), gin, and lemon juice. When making a crowd-pleasing batch, I also add Cointreau or Triple Sec and should have added a splash to my lazy girl’s version too.
This cocktail won’t win me bartender-of-the-year but that’s okay since mother-of-the-year is also off the table considering I did not detect the present L-situation right away, and wife-of-the-year was never on the table to begin with.
It was nonetheless a pleasant beverage for a lovely afternoon! I like being able to make a French 75 pour un. To recap:
- add a shy shot of gin (flavoured or regular, dealer’s choice) to each glass
- squeeze juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon into each glass
- add a shot of club soda if you like fizz
- fill glass with sweet white or rose wine
- add a splash of Triple Sec
- garnish with a slice of lemon
Have you ever had a French 75? Have you ever made one at home? Will you now?! Hope so because they make a two-dollar-bottle pretty tasty!
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