Monday, 3 January 2011

A Tale Of Cocktails #7

French 75

6 oz champagne
2 oz gin
1 oz lemon juice
2 tsp sugar
Lemon slice garnish 
Taste: 7       
Look: 5       
Cost: 7        
Name: 9
Prep: 6
Alcohol: 4
Overall: 6.4
Preparation: Pour gin and lemon juice into the cocktail shaker, adding the sugar and cracked ice.  Shake and strain into highball glasses.  Add champagne, and then garnish.

General Comments: A cocktail named after an artillery piece?  How much more awesome can you get?

Well, from my score, it's obvious that you can get exactly one more awesome.  How?  Don't involve the French.

Otherwise, there are good points and bad points here.  In the plus column, it tastes pretty nice.  It's difficult to taste the gin, but then very few things taste better for adding gin (the exceptions being G&Ts and, well, gin); it's probably a good thing that it's so far down in the mix.  You get an overall sensation of sharpness that is quite nice, and the lemon makes it refreshing as well.

On the other hand, it looks fairly dull.  Not bad, by any means.  Just very, very average.  It doesn't look like anything has been mixed together, or any work has gone into it.  It just looks like someone is being a bit pretentious with their lemonade.

So; nice name, nice taste, dull appearance.  It's also reasonably alcoholic and not too expensive, though - especially if you use comparatively cheap champagne - which is always nice.  Overall, I'm declaring this one a success. Just.

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