The Hemingway Bar of the Ritz Hotel in Paris is renowned for its cocktails, and for the top-notch skills of its main bartender, Mr. Colin P. Field. Field has written a book called Les Cocktails du Ritz Paris, which by all accounts is outstanding. There's just been an English translation released, but it's really nifty to have the original French version as well.
Here's one of Field's creations, his variation on the venerable French 75, which looks even better. I'll be off to pick up a half-bottle of bubbly and some fresh mandarines to try this one out, tout suite!
THE RITZ 75So far, in order to obtain the English version of this book you must contact the Ritz Boutiques and Gallery Manager, Florence Juncker, via email at email@example.com. The book is, I think, €30.49 plus shipping. They'll need your credit card number, expiration date, shipping address and whether you want regular mail or express. Enjoy! (Thanks to Robert, Fernando, Rafael and everyone else on the DrinkBoy community for turning me on to this!)
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce fresh mandarine juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
2 ounces gin
In a tall Collins glass, add the first four ingredients over ice, stir to mix, then fill with Champagne (you may substitute cava or prosecco, whatever good white sparkling wine you have on hand). Garnish with a wheel of lime and a wheel of mandarine.
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