Salzburg 75 (Grapefruit Radler French 75 Variation) Recipe

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Vicky Wasik

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.

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Active: 2 mins
Total: 2 mins
Serves: 2 servings

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Ingredients

  • 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)

Directions

  1. 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).

  2. Top each glass with 3 ounces (90ml) Stiegl-Radler Grapefruit and serve immediately.

Special equipment

Cocktail shaker and strainer

Notes

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.

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