This riff on the French 75, from bartender Jeffrey Knott of Seville Quarter in Pensacola, Florida, expertly balances tart and sweet, with a pleasantly bitter grapefruit edge. The key is using Stiegl-Radler Grapefruit from Austria in place of sparkling wine: It's a lightly alcoholic mix of beer and grapefruit soda that adds a refreshing citrusy flavor to this cocktail's mix of tangy lemon and herbal gin.
- 1 ounce (30ml) fresh juice from 1 lemon
- 1/2 ounce (15ml) simple syrup (see note)
- 3 ounces (90ml) gin
- 6 ounces (180ml) Stiegl-Radler Grapefruit (see note)
Add lemon, simple syrup, and gin to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 12 seconds. Divide between two Champagne flutes (you'll have about 3 ounces or 90ml per glass).
Top each glass with 3 ounces (90ml) Stiegl-Radler Grapefruit and serve immediately.
Cocktail shaker and strainer
To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Stiegl-Radler Grapefruit is a mix of beer and grapefruit soda that's sold in tall cans.