I [Maggie Battista] am head over heels for the French 75. It was first created at the legendary Harry’s New York Bar in Paris and eventually (gratefully) brought to New York’s Stork Club, a spot owned by an ex-bootlegger and frequented by 1930s/40s glitterati. The Champagne bubbles the herbal essences of the gin straight to the top of the glass; that botanical kick lingers and makes you feel well-medicated in the best possible way. A spring from a garden plant reminds you that Gin is really mostly leaves, herbs and spices, so it has to be good for you, right?
3/4 ounce Berkshire Mountain Ethereal Gin
1/2 ounce Quince & Apple Citrus Syrup
2 drops Scrappy’s Orange Bitters
3 ounces La Marca Prosecco
1 3-inch sprig of garden oregano (from a garden or potted plant)
Pour gin, syrup and bitters into Champagne flute. Gently add Prosecco. Garnish with a 3-inch spring of oregano, cut from a potted plant or the garden.