Lemon Week – French 75 Cocktail

House Cleaning Service, Memphis - Lemon Week - French 75 Cocktail

House Cleaning Service, Memphis - Lemon Week - French 75 CocktailWe wanted to give you all a tried-and-true classic cocktail for lemon week. The French 75 is one of the only cited cocktail recipes to come out of the Prohibition period and was created in 1915. This is a punch version of the classic recipe made with oranges as well as lemons.

You will need: 16 ounces of gin, 8 ounces of lemon juice, 6 ounces of simple syrup, ½ teaspoon of orange bitters, 32 ounces of champagne, 1 large ice block or 2 smaller ones, and 8 orange wheels for garnish.

First, in a punch bowl combine gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and bitters. Stir until completely blended. Just before serving, pour in the Champagne and stir gently. Add the ice and garnish with orange slices. Ladle into punch glasses and enjoy!

This drink is beautifully paired with a baked brie. All you need is a wheel of brie cheese and 2 tbsp honey.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the entire cheese on the baking sheet- including the rind. Lightly score the top of the cheese to give it a sort of chess board appearance. Drizzle the brie with the honey and bake for 7 minutes. When done you can immediately serve this delicious appetizer with your French 75 and some bread or crackers. Enjoy!

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