French 75 & Apple Martini Part II


D: So this week, just based on scheduling; we’re going to do a drink post on a Monday, I’ll be putting something together for later in the week as a food post. We got distracted by the new MEC opening down the street, and I kind of ended up buying a bike trainer. Steph is a bad influence. On the plus side: I CAN RIDE SASHA INDOORS IN THE WINTER! IT’S BEEN SO LONG! I’m likely going to document my adventures in baked bbq pork bao that will be occuring tomorrow, for Thursday. So we’ll see how that turns out. As usual, Steph has picked a drink based on having an interesting name. She chose French 75, which is a drink named after the French 75mm gun from WW1. The relation to the gun? Who knows. But it’s different. (I’m partial to a 105mm myself.) I’ll be attempting another apple martini, in the never-ending quest for a good, correct recipe.


[French 75]


  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz lemon juice (fresh)
  • 2 tsp white sugar (you should probably use simple syrup, hard to dissolve sugar in cold liquid)
  • sparkling wine or champagne (preferably) to fill
  • lemon rind twist to garnish

Needed items:##

  • Champagne Flute
  1. Fill a shaker with ice
  2. Pour in the gin, lemon juice, and sugar/simple syrup, and shake for 15s or so until good and cold
  3. Pour into the champagne flute and top with champagne, add garnish


[Apple Martini Part II]


  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part Sourpuss
  • 1 part cranberry juice

Needed items:##

  • Martini Glass
  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Pour all liquid ingredients into the shaker and shake.
  3. Pour into glass and drink.


French 75

S: Very much needs the sugar to be swapped for simple syrup. After 15+s of shaking, the sugar didn’t dissolve and the drink was still quite sour. If you have simple syrup on your bar, it’s a good safe way to make the drink a lot better.

Apple Martini:

D: So it’s red. But it tastes like apple, and was very good. I’d drink it again, for sure, very tasty. It’s just not a neon green appletini. It’s good as well without the cranberry juice (just 1 part each of vodka and sourpuss) – which is likely closer to the original, maybe add a small splash of lime juice to make it good and sour and it’s great. The sourpuss is a good switch for a true modern apple martini. Calvados continues to be freakin delicious though.