Chances are you've had a French 75. They're commonplace on many cocktail menus, as the addition of Champagne seems to make them sell. That and, when made with good ingredients, they're really good.
But for this version, we're going to the grandaddy of gin - Genever. Pronounced "gin-KNEE-ver," it's the Dutch predecessor to gin. Made with a base of distilled malted wine, it has a subtle, softer flavor than most modern gins.
Bols Genever has been around since 1575. Yup, you read that right. But until recently it was was hard to find here in the states. Lucky for us (and you), they'll be coming to Juniper June, so you'll get to taste it if you haven't already.
Make sure your Champagne is nice and cold prior to making this drink, as you'll pour it in at the end.
1 oz Bols Genever
.5 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
3 oz Brut Champagne
lemon twist for garnish
Add the Bols Genever, lemon and simple to a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice to chill and strain into a pre-chilled champagne flute. Top with champagne and garnish with lemon twist.