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Bitter French

Bitter French 1.000

James M. Thresher for The Washington Post

Spirits Dec 15, 2010

This version of the classic French 75 substitutes grapefruit juice for lemon juice and adds a splash of bitter Campari (or one of its newly available alternatives: Luxardo or Gran Classico Bitter) to the mix.

Jason Wilson recommends a more subtle, less juniper-forward gin such as Plymouth, Hendrick's or G'Vine.


Servings: 1
Ingredients
  • Ice
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (see NOTE)
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 ounce Campari
  • Chilled sparkling wine, preferably champagne
  • Twist of grapefruit peel, for garnish

Directions

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the gin, simple syrup, grapefruit juice and Campari. Shake well, then strain into a champagne flute.

Top with about 3 ounces of sparkling wine, or as needed. Garnish with a twist of grapefruit peel.

NOTE: To make simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a slow rolling boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer to a heatproof container and let cool to room temperature.


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Adapted from "The Bartender's Gin Compendium," by Gaz Regan (Xlibris, 2009).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 200


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 13g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 10g

Protein: 0g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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