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Drink: #FancyDrinkFriday – French 75


In a couple of hours, I’m heading to JFK airport and boarding a jet to Spain!  I sort of can’t believe it.  Back in December, my friend Cecelia texted me, saying, “This is a long shot, but would you be up for going to Spain with me?”  It just so happened that the timing was right, and that at that exact moment I was actually planning one of those trips I plan and then don’t take, and so I said, “absolutely.”

And here we are!  We leave today and come back in 10 days.  I’ve been working hard the past week to write posts for you that I’ll be posting while I’m over there, and I hope to sit down and write a live “check in” once a week in lieu of my Sunday Reading posts.  And then, of course, you’ll get all the Spain you didn’t even know you wanted upon my return.  So many pictures.

Since this Friday is extra fancy and includes international travel, here’s a fancy champagne cocktail for you.  It’s a classic that I amped up with limoncello, and I thought about calling it an Italian 75, but that probably already exists.

Hope your weekend is a good one, and make sure you check back in to see all of the good things I’ve got coming up for you!  Also, I’ve been listening to this non-stop.  I’m going to Spain!

Here’s the recipe.

French 75 (makes 1, adjust at will)

A classic French 75 includes gin, lemon juice, sugar, and champagne.  I reduced the amount of gin and instead of lemon juice and sugar, added limoncello, a syrupy sweet lemon liquor from Italy.  Serve very, very cold.


  • 1 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce limoncello (preferably served directly from the freezer.  That’s where I keep mine!)
  • Ice
  • Dry champagne or sparkling wine


  1. Fill two highball glasses to the brim with ice.  Add the gin and the limoncello and stir well so that both are extremely cold.  Top with chilled champagne.  Serve immediately.


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