Mixologist Chris McMillian of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel's Library Lounge in New Orleans is known as a master of the classics.
This is one of his favorites, named after the famous French World War I artillery piece, the 75mm howitzer, also called a "French 75" (that number is "soixante quinze" in French) and is a popular New Orleans brunch drink. It should go quite well with a festive holiday-season brunch as well. Ingredients:
1½ ounces gin (preferably Bombay White Label, or your choice) 1 ounce simple syrup
¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
Champagne or sparkling wine
In a pint glass, pour gin, simple syrup and lemon juice. Mix with a shaker. Use a strainer to pour the mixture into a Champagne flute and slowly top off the glass with the bubbly. Give the drink a brief stir and garnish with a lemon spiral.