friends + french 75s

Aren’t visits from friends the best?

For almost as long as I can remember, I’ve had to spend long periods of time separated from family and close friends. It’s sad and it sucks but it’s the nature of our current society and our geographically large country. And even though the methods of communication have increased since the solitary option of writing letters, nothing compares to just spending time together. Hugging, laughing, confiding…so important. So wonderful.

Turns out, having good friends in town to visit is even more glorious when you have a 16-month-old. Willa was DELIGHTED to have friends here. She showed off her favorite toys, grinned from ear to ear the whole weekend, and barely let out a single whine. Which made her mama and dada pretty darn delighted too. Not to mention, having friends who love her and want to spend time with her makes us so happy too.

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Our visit with Alli and Pat of course included plenty of good eating and drinking (and a healthy dose of fresh air and exercise to balance things out). After they arrived on Thursday night, we caught up over sweet potato and black bean enchiladas and Unita brews. There was a lunch at Über Sausage (after my Lohi walking tour), a dinner at Old Major, a failed attempt to check out Williams & Graham, and drinks at Linger. (I also tried using Uber for the first time, which seems to me like a giant rip-off compared to a regular cab, but maybe I’m just not hip enough?) We met my parents in Longmont for beer tasting at Left Hand Brewery. I made a variation of these pumpkin waffles. We had lunch at Illegal Pete’s.

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There also was, of course, a stop at Mondo Vino. We were feeling a bit beer-ed out, as Colorado has a tendency to make one (in nothing but the best way), so we made some purchases to take the evening in a different direction. A gin direction. And gin and champagne direction. Could there really be any better direction?

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We cheers our friendship and a fantastic visit with French 75s. It’s been a favorite drink of Alli’s for a bit, and one we enjoyed together on her birthday recently, so we decided to attempt to make it at home. It’s not hard: just gin, champagne, simple syrup, and lemon juice. It’s pretty much perfect for anytime you want to celebrate with friends. Or you’re beer-ed out.

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French 75
Makes two drinks
2 ounces gin
1 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
4 ounces champagne
lemon peel

1. If necessary, make simple syrup: combine 1 part water and 2 parts sugar in a small saucepan and simmer over medium heat until incorporated.
2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add gin, lemon juice, and syrup. Shake vigorously.
3. Pour half the mixture into each glass (champagne flutes or cocktail glasses).
4. Top with champagne and a lemon peel.

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8 thoughts on “friends + french 75s

  1. Nice work with the French75 🙂 History of the drink is pretty interesting as well.

    re: Uber: it depends on how bad your local cabs are in Denver. In Boston it’s absolutely 100% not a ripoff. They are 100 times nicer, safer, cleaner, more reliable, less terrible in every way than normal cabs, and often not really more expensive (eg for us going to the airport is about the same price either way, plus or minus a couple bucks). Same in SF (which notoriously has the worst cabs in the country). DC and NY it’s a big boost as well, though not quite as marked since their cabbies at least know where they’re going.

    Plus you don’t have to worry about tipping. I hate tipping.

    • Thanks, Rob! Thought of you when mixing a drink, of course!

      I couldn’t agree more about tipping. That was nice. And I really liked how easy it was to do from my phone, I just was surprised that it was almost double the cost of the regular taxi we took one way. Good to know it depends on the city!

      • Another champaign cocktail worth trying is the class champaign cocktail:
        * soak a sugar cube with angostorra bitters and place at bottom of champaign flute
        * add 1 to 1.5oz liquor (classic is brandy, but i tend to use bourbon)
        * fill glass with champaign
        * garnish with lemon twist

        Also Uber-X is *cheaper* than taxis. Not sure if it’s available in Denver (you can choose Uber-X instead of Black car when ordering if it is), but people love them in Boston, especially outside of the downtown area.

  2. As a fellow Denverite, I’m so glad I just came across your blog! I’ve yet to head over to Uber Sausage (I’m too hooked on Biker Jim’s :P) but Masterpiece is a definite favorite. Also, I love that LoHi/Lodo walking tour. My cousin is coming to visit from New Orleans next month so if the weather isn’t too bad and she’s willing to bundle up, I think that would be a perfect thing to do!

    • So glad you came across me, too! I haven’t tried Biker Jim’s! Must get there! Hopefully you’ll have one of the warm days inbetween the cold ones next month when your cousin visits. Although I bet the walk is really nice in the snow too if you can handle it! 🙂

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