Each week in The Daily Shot, we have ourselves a drink that we think you should try, too.
The drink: The French 75
The bar: The Campbell Apartment, Grand Central Terminal, 15 Vanderbilt Avenue
The price: $13
The ingredients: Gin or brandy, champagne, lemon juice, and sugar, served in a flute.
The buzz: The problem, when you have your first French 75 at the infamous bar of the same name in New Orleans, is that no other incarnation of the drink will ever henceforth satisfy you. The French 75 at Campbell Apartment is decent enough on a good night, but at other times can taste like a glass of cheap champagne. You can ask for it with gin or brandy; the brandy seems to be the better option. When they do get it right, the drink is (like the saying goes) a party in your mouth, your tongue a light-dappled dance floor on which scintillating bubbles twirl and pirouette, while a sweet tartness flirts around the outer edges. Is it a cliché to talk about a champagne cocktail this close to the 31st? Probably. A delicious cliché: So sue us.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 30, 2010