New Year’s Eve is easily one of the most anticipated holidays on the calendar. It’s also—because of all that anticipation—got a rep for being one of the biggest letdowns of the year. You may not be able to totally control whether or not your NYE lives up to the hype or slowly sinks below expectations, like the ball in Times Square. But you can guarantee that your drink doesn’t disappoint, and the best way to do that is to whip up the easy, festive—and potent—French 75, a favorite of Ernest Hemingway’s back in the day. Did we say potent? It’s named after a massive gun—more of a cannon, really—that the French deployed in WWI.
Here’s how to make it:
- 2 oz London dry gin
- .5 oz fresh lemon juice
- .5 oz simple syrup
- Dry sparkling wine, to top.
- Add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a shaker tin with ice. Shake to combine and chill.
- Strain into a Champagne flute, and top with sparkling wine.
- Garnish with a lemon twist.