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Monday, January 19, 2009

Introducing the Capitol 75

A cocktail they're serving on this MLK Day at a Presidential Inauguration Gala is a Bombay Sapphire special concoction, the Capitol 75. This is a variant of one of our very favorite cocktails, the French 75.

Here's the recipe as the Sapphire people present it:
  • 3/4 oz Bombay Sapphire gin
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 shot of sugar syrup
  • top with Martini & Rossi Prosecco
  • Shake the first three ingredients with ice and strain into champagne glass, then top with champagne and lightly stir.
  • Garnish with a cherry.

If you want my opinion---and I've been flattered to find that some people actually do---this is a fairly sensible drink both for today and tomorrow alike. Bubbly is essential; you can stick to the Prosecco if you like, which is frizzante, that is to say, semi-sparkling, rather than spumante (fully bubbly), an admirable restraint for somber yet festive times. The Martini & Rossi Prosecco, in fact, doesn't pop off overly festively; it comes with a crown cork.

The legacy of the French 75 itself---a middle artillery piece from World War I---does indeed acknowledge the fact of war.

I rarely drink Sapphire straight up or even in a martini, because I'm not a sweet gin guy. But it does make sense in any French 75 drink, which always calls for some sugar anyway, and its fabled botanicals will ensure you taste the gin.

And sure, who doesn't associate the Capitol with cherries? The Capitol 75 is a nicely done by the Bombay gin family, and if it popularizes French 75s a little more, that's a double duty well served.

If you'd like to read more on the French 75, I've done that previously too---quite a bit in fact.

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