When I think of New Year's Eve, I think of sparkle: sequined dresses, sparkling wine, leftover windswept Christmas lights. But the trick to making Champagne really sparkle is a sugar cube. This French 75 uses sugar cubes to add a touch of exhibitionism to a New Year's cocktail party. Pass a tray of these lemon and gin and Champagne cocktails around, and as each guest picks one up, drop a sugar cube or two into their flute. The Champagne will spatter and sparkle, and come to life.
About the author: Kerry Saretsky is a Serious Eats intern and the creator of French Revolution Food, where she reinvents her family's classic French recipes in a fresh, chic, modern way.
- 1 tablespoon cold gin
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 or 2 sugar cubes
- Champagne, chilled
- Lemon twists for garnish
Pour the cold gin and lemon juice in a champagne flute. Top with cold champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.
As you serve the cocktail, drop a sugar cube to the bottom of the glass, and watch the cocktail come to life as it fizzes and pops.