It’s finally starting to feel like spring in New Mexico. The days are getting longer, there are butterflies floating through the air and plants are growing their first buds. With that comes an onslaught of allergies and the question “Should it be this warm in March?” Either way, we’re excited that cold winter days are almost done and that spring will soon be in full swing.

To celebrate, we’re taking a classic and giving it our own twist. The French 75 is a classic cocktail made from cognac or gin, lemon and sugar. We’ve crafted our own based on this traditional cocktail and it is perfect for spring. We’ve switched out the gin for a citrus infused vodka and are substituting an elderflower liqueur for sugar. This gives the cocktail a bright, sweet taste that’s perfect to celebrate the new season.

French 24

  • 1 ounce Citrus Vodka
  • .5 ounces Lemon Juice
  • .5 ounces Elderflower Liqueur
  • Champagne
  • Lemon Twist for garnish

Place first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously until shaker is frosted (roughly thirty seconds). Strain into a champagne flute and top with champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Citrus Vodka

  • 8 lemons
  • 4 oranges
  • 1 Bottle (750 ml) Vodka

Peel lemons and oranges and place in a large container. Add vodka and let sit for three days before serving.

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