Today is a bittersweet Cooling Light Virtual Supper Club post - it is our last supper club as a group. I first joined this group in February of 2011 and it has been quite a journey. The group members have changed but our focus has always been on interesting, healthy meals. After all of these years our fearless leader has decided to move on to other challenges.
The theme for our last dinner was selected by Sandi (who is currently enjoying herself in Positano). She decided upon a theme of lemons. Hmmmm couldn't be because of the great lemons grown on the Amalfi Coast and all of that limoncello could it?
I had the wild card for this last supper club which meant I could make anything I wanted. f course I went with a cocktail - it seemed appropriate for toasting the group.
Loosely based on the French 75, a classic cocktail of gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar, this sparkling beverage uses lemonade concentrate as a shortcut. Be sure to allow the concentrate to thaw ahead of time. You'll use almost a whole bottle of Champagne - just chug what is left so not to waste it. :-). If time allows, you can use a quick simple syrup with lemon juice: Combine 3 tablespoons each of sugar, lemon juice, and water; microwave for 1 minute, and cool.
Lemon Gin Sparkling Cocktail
1 cup gin, chilled
1/2 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
2 2/3 cups Champagne or other sparkling wine, chilled
Combine gin and lemonade concentrate in a pitcher; chill until ready to serve.
Just before serving, add Champagne to gin mixture; stir gently.