French 75

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April showers have done exactly what they should: They have finally given us May flowers. We’ve had 6-7 days of straight sun and vast blue skies in the northeast, the bulb flowers have popped and we’re all feeling quite lucky.

Now, don’t ask me if I’ve actually spent any of those sunshine-filled days in the garden. I haven’t tilled or plowed or done any kind of soil prep. For the very first week of May, I’m actually way behind. Frankly, I’m already taking bets that my French radishes may be stunted and my early greens may become whisper-thin before I get to whip up a salad. Who’s in?!

On the bright side, we do have those blue skies and I have a crazy-aggressive oregano plant with long sprigs growing, growing, growing down my kitchen windowsill. I wanted to find a pretty way to celebrate these little joys with some bubbles from a favorite  part of northern Italy.

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Prosecco is my go-to sparkling wine in the spring. It’s dry or extra dry and is the main ingredient in my other favorite Italian drink, the Bellini. My French friends may scoff at using it in this spin on a French 75, but my Italian friend Davide would say, “Of course! It will be better now!”

Maybe we’ll all fight the Champagne vs Prosecco battle on another day… perhaps in a real-time event! Who’s in?!

Getting back to the cocktail… I find many garden oregano varieties to be very potent, zapping you with strong Italian notes. But this plant is young, mild, mellow, a gentle reminder of all the tomato sauce, herb bunches and dried spice mixes to come. Hung off the edge of my French 75, a long sprig gives a green garden perfume that reminds you of young plants that need to finally get into the ground.

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I happen to have a very nice Citrus Syrup on hand and, mixed with some local gin, small batch orange bitters and champagne, it sparkles in my take on a French 75. It’s typically served at the start of a meal with a few bites of something delicious to whet the appetite. Froehlichs Pear Tomato Martini Pickles have an herb-like restraint that matched the oregano. All together, this French 75 provided the perfect procrastination to hard labor in the garden.

Cheers to you, to warmer temps and to finally getting into those raised beds!

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French 75

Note: Feel free to substitute with your favorite brands and/or make your own citrus syrup.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4-ounce Berkshire Mountain Ethereal Gin (or your favorite gin)
  • 1/2 ounce Quince & Apple Citrus Syrup
  • 2 drops Scrappy's Orange Bitters
  • 3 ounces La Marca Prosecco
  • 1 3-inch sprig of garden oregano (from a garden or potted plant)

Directions:

  1. Pour gin, syrup and bitters into a cocktail flute. Gently add Prosecco.
  2. Garnish with a 3-inch spring of oregano, cut from a potted plant or the garden.
All photos styled by Heidi Murphy/White Loft Studio and Maggie Battista, and taken by Heidi Murphy.

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