The Story Behind The Barrel-Aged Mandarin 75
The French 75 is a classic cocktail with a few historical and contemporary variations, but its first recorded appearance was circa 1915 at The New York Bar in Paris.
In today’s version, I have removed the sugar and replaced it with sweet mandarin juice to balance out the drink alongside the lemon juice. As for the gin, I did not replace it but instead used a beautiful barrel-aged gin that gives the concoction a slightly bolder character. It brings a slight caramelized flavor and certain botanicals such as orange and ginger.
- 1 ounce barrel-aged gin
- ½ ounce lemon juice
- ½ ounce mandarin juice
- Champagne to top (approximately 2-3 ounces)
- Pour gin and mandarin and lemon juices in appropriate glass.
- Top with Champagne.