Mixology Monday is a monthly (well, almost monthly. Heavy drinkers don’t abide by the same calendar as mere mortals) online cocktail party that rounds up drinks pertaining to a particular theme chosen by a rotating host. This month’s theme is “money drinks,” and our brave host is Kevin Langmack of Beers in the Shower. From Kevin –
I feel a “Money” drink is something you can put in front of anyone, regardless of tastes or distastes about the spirits involved. Come up with a drink or a list based on spirits about drinks that would appeal to anyone, Example: turning someone onto a Corpse Reviver #2 when they like lemon drops.
Depending on your spirit or drink of choice, one might have several money drinks, like a properly made Martini, Manhattan or Old Fashioned, to stick to the classics, that would convert even the most finicky drinker to well-crafted cocktails. Personally, I feel a gnawing sense of frustration whenever someone bemoans a distaste for gin, and I’ve been known to order a friend a gin-based cocktail without her knowledge. I stress “her” because it seems the women in my life have a natural aversion to gin. Perhaps I need to surround myself with tougher women, but regardless, one such drink that seems to convert well is the French 75.
Composed of gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and Champagne, the French 75 is a light, refreshing cocktail that subdues the wary gin-drinker while still packing a sizeable boozy wallop. This tart, tasty concoction has made even the most dubious skeptic rethink their distaste for gin, without alienating fans of the spirit.
2 ounces gin
1 ounce lemon juice
1 teaspoon simple syrup
Shake gin, lemon juice and simple syrup with ice, and strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne, and garnish with a long, thin lemon spiral.