midnight in paris: the french 75

thirsty thursday
notes from maggie's farm

In this final installment of At the Cinema, our favorite of the Academy's Best Picture nominees, Midnight in Paris, is honored by a classic cocktail, 
The French 75
2-4 ounces dry gin
1 tsp superfine sugar
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
5 ounces Brut Champagne
Mix gin, sugar, and lemon juice together with cracked ice in a chilled cocktail shaker.  Strain into a collins glass or flute, half-filled with cracked ice, and top off with champagne.

from Esquire magazine
"In the same family as the various versions of champagne cocktail is the celebrated French 75, an elixir which, if it did not actually have its origin in the first of the German wars, at least came to the general attention of American drinkers at that time and was immediately enshrined in the pharmacopoeia of alcohol artistry in the United States upon the conclusion of hostilities in 1919." - Lucius Beebe, The Stork Club Bar Book
A beauty of a movie, Midnight in Paris is chockful of everything I so adore: Paris, Jazz, Art, The Lost Generation, and triumph of love over tacky. It's a fantastical tale that plays the delusions of nostalgia against the tensions of reality, lightly, thoughtfully, humorously, and artfully. Bravo, Woody!  It's one of your finest.

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  1. Loved this movie. "Bravo, Woody! It's one of your finest." - I agree:) Great music in this film.

  2. Movie along with all the other Oscar movies is in the netflix queue. I do however have all the ingredients on hand for that cocktail-Gonna go make me one right now. Thanks!

  3. Kristina, take it from Steph and I--it's GOOD. If you love music, and art, and Paris, and literature--it's ALL IN THERE. The cocktail might make it even better. lol

  4. Loved it - great movie, made you want to go back to Paris and hang out with Hemingway. Just imagine those cocktail parties...

  5. Just downloaded some music from this fabulous film. Now if I can just find that vehicle that will transport me to Paris in the 1920's, Ha! LOL:)

  6. @Jeanette: I bet I could find myself in trouble 8 days a week back then!
    @Steph: When you find it, come pick me up!


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