Relish 75 Cocktail

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Nothing says ‘Happy New Year’ like popping open a bottle of bubbly! Champagne is lovely on its own and it also makes a wonderful cocktail ingredient. For this libation, we were inspired by the classic French 75, but we added a twist by substituting ginger syrup for traditional simple syrup. Spicy ginger adds just the right amount of heat to this balanced and refreshing drink. With a little extra effort to make the syrup you can amaze your guests with a delicious and unique cocktail. Enjoyed in a glamorous coupe, the Relish 75 is the perfect way to start off 2015 in style. Cheers!

For the ginger syrup:

Ingredients
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
4oz fresh ginger

Directions
Peel and thinly slice the ginger. Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a non-reactive saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add ginger and bring mixture to a simmer. Remove from heat, and let steep 30 minutes. Pour syrup through a fine sieve, store in an airtight container, and refrigerate for up to 1 month. Discard ginger.

For the cocktail:

 
Ingredients
1oz London dry gin
1oz fresh lemon juice
1/2oz ginger simple syrup
ice
Champagne
lemon peel (for garnish) 

Directions
Add gin, lemon juice and ginger syrup to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake thoroughly. Strain into a coupe and top with chilled champagne. Twist lemon peel over the drink and place on rim of glass.

Photo credit: Casey and Aurore Maxon