One year, on a trip to New York, I took the subway from Grand Central Station in Manhattan into Connecticut. The train was filled with weary after-work passengers, slumped into their seats. When the train began moving, much to my surprise, a trolley with cocktail service began to make its way up the aisle. Someone ordered a French 75... Only in New York.
Recipe and styling Kari Wardrop. Photography Jerry Grajewski

Recipe and styling Kari Wardrop. Photography Jerry Grajewski

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French 75

  • 1 ounce gin

  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice 

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup 

  • Chilled Champagne 

Grand mimosa

  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier

  • 1 ounce orange juice 

  • 3 ounces chilled Champagne 

Champagne martini

  • 1 ounce Cointreau

  • 2 ounces chilled Champagne


For French 75, in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake together gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. Strain into a champagne flute and top with chilled champagne. 

For grand mimosa, in a champagne saucer, combine Grand Marnier and orange juice. Top with chilled champagne. 

Champagne martini, pour Cointreau into a martini glass, top with chilled champagne.    

Note: Champagne is a sparkling wine which comes only from the Champagne region of France. However, there are many varieties of sparkling wine which are referred to as Champagne.

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