Updated: Nov 30, 2022
This light but luxurious cocktail has the distinction of being the only classic cocktail invented in America during prohibition. Beautiful to look at, with a bright balance of flavors, it's definitely one to enjoy, and an excuse to buy Champagne.
Yield: One cocktail
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar
2 ounces dry gin
Add the lemon juice and sugar to a dry cocktail shaker and stir well to combine. Add the gin and fill with ice. Shake well, then strain into a champagne flute filled with ice*. Slowly top with Champagne.
Garnish as desired. Pictured above with pear slices.
*Note: Like all classic recipes, play with this one and make it your own.
Some recipes replace the gin with cognac. I prefer the cocktail in a champagne glass without ice. Finally, if desired out of convenience or sheer will, substitute Champagne with Prosecco. 🥂✌🏻