The winner in our recent blind French 75 tasting, the panel found Tim Miner’s rendition bewitching and beautifully integrated, with lots of body and lushness. “That push/pull between the brandy and the citrus is doing all the work there,” said Joaquín Simó, an expert on the panel. “This could go four seasons,” added St. John Frizell. “It’s got enough summertime flavors. It’s so complete.”
- 1 ounce Cognac, preferably H by Hine
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- Champagne, to top (preferably Louis Roederer Brut Premier)
Garnish: lemon twist, discarded
- Combine all ingredients, except the Champagne, in a mixing tin and shake with ice.
- Strain into a flute.
- Top with Champagne.
- Express the lemon peel and discard.