A couple of quick, yummy cocktails to kick off the weekend! Typically a French 75 is made with gin, but, in an interesting twist, this one is made with cognac - either way is festive and delicious.
1 1/2 ounces cognac
1/2 ounce simple syrup or agave syrup
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the cognac, simple syrup and lemon juice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass, top with sparkling wine and serve.
Recipe adapted from Food & Wine, 2010
PEACH BOURBON SOUR
1/2 cup peach preserves
1/2 cup hot water
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons bourbon or whiskey
3 tablespoons lemon juice
garnishes: lemon slices, fresh basil sprigs
Whisk together the peach preserves and hot water in a glass pitcher until the preserves are dissolved. Whisk in bourbon and lemon juice.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add one third of bourbon mixture, cover with lid, and shake until thoroughly chilled. Pour over ice into 2 glasses. Repeat with remaining bourbon mixture.
Garnish if desired. Serve drinks immediately.
Recipe adapted from Southern Living, December 2009