Some days, you can start and end with Champagne. That's the magic of it -- it's already dressed to the nines. You hardly even need to adorn it with a glass, a meal, or a reason to be poured, let alone any additional ingredients. But on other days, even the loveliest sparkler can benefit from a pair of combat boots.
Enter the French 75. Named after a powerful piece of artillery, this glittery beast gained popularity in the shadow of WWI, and soon became a society standard at the Stork Club in New York. Made of Champagne and gin, it's a refreshing, courage-inducing cocktail that requires you to forget what you know about mixing grain and grape.
If gin isn't your go-to ammunition, you can swap it for Cognac, Brandy, or vodka, a replacement that results in a French 76. Purists can go the way of the King's Peg, a combo of Champagne and Cognac that skips the other mixers (sugar, lemon juice) entirely.
From Cocktails - How to Mix Them (1922)
2 dashes grenadine
1 tsp lemon juice
25 ml calvados
50 ml Beefeater Gin
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled halfway with ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.
Adapted from Samantha Gaw
2 oz London dry gin
1/2 oz Simple syrup
1 1/2 oz Yuzu
5 oz Brut Champagne
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled halfway with ice. Shake well and strain into a Collins glass filled with cracked ice.