If you don't know, or perhaps you missed my post about whiskey old fashioneds, I'm from Wisconsin. I'm not sure if Wisconsinites drink more whiskey, more whiskey old fashioneds, or maybe we are just uber proud of our supper clubs, mixed drinks and "double bubble".
If you don't know what that last one is, you've never been to Wisconsin! It's our way of saying Happy Hour. I don't know about you, but I rather like double bubble. It's almost happier than happy hour. Basically, instead of a drink special or certain dollar amount off, when you buy one, they bring you two. Now, this probably doesn't happen at every bar in Wisconsin, but you gotta love the ones that do! Makes me a bit sentimental, sniff sniff ;)
As we've widened our selection of whiskey in the house and experimented more with bourbon versus rye, I've come to the conclusion that for the moment, I'm a bourbon gal. I just like the flavor better. It's a bit sweeter than a rye and has a bit less bite. It also mixes really well with lemon and blackberry!
I pulled out my Lemon Essentially Simple Syrup for this one, some Ginger essential oil and a few blackberries. Oh...my...goodness. So good. So pretty, too. I love the deep, magenta color the blackberries give the drink and the contrast of the bright lemon yellow. Makes me happy just looking at it. Definitely a double bubble kind of cocktail!
Does your hometown have any quirky phrases or sayings? Please share!
This week I'm making lots of blends with my Lavender essential oil. A few weeks ago, I made a really lovely Lavender Lemon simple syrup, and I think I've found a perfect recipe for it! This would make a really good brunch bevvie, so I probably should have posted before Easter, but hey, Friday is a good day for champagne, no? Seriously, this is a really fresh, floral, herby, fizzy goodie you'll want to try, and try, and try! It's also really easy to make, since there are so few ingredients. Can't beat that!
If you've ever had a French 75, then you'll feel me on this one. In French it's simply called a Soixante Quinze. If you're not quite sure how to pronounce that, follow the link for a min French lesson! According to wikipedia, "the drink dates to World War I, and an early form was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris... The combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75 field gun."
This is definitely one of those cocktails that packs a punch, but doesn't taste like. So, indulge, enjoy, but slowly because this one can creep up on you! It's really similar to a Tom Collins, but uses champagne instead of sparkling water. If you want to tone done the alcohol content, you could just add the Lavender Lemon simple syrup to champagne. You can also make it completely non-alcoholic and use sparkling soda with simple syrup.
A good French 75 should be served a in flute, not a highball. The shape of the flute helps keep your bubbly stay bubbly longer. Most have a rough bead at the base of the flute. You can see it at the bottom of the flute above. The bead causes bubbles to come together and then quickly rise to the top of the glass. The escaping bubbles capture and deliver lots of flavor and aroma. They are also really gorgeous! (source) It's kind of like a good fire. I could sit and watch it for hours...though I can't say I've ever had a drink last that long!
What's your favorite champagne drink? Give me a shout and let me know!