How to Make a French 75 Cocktail... With Southern Charm New Orleans Flair

Southern Charm New Orleans' Tamica Lee shows how to make a French 75 she calls a "mimosa on a kick!"

Gin, champagne, lemon juice, and sugar are all you need to make a classic French 75 cocktail, but if you want the taste to really pop... put some Southern Charm New Orleans flavor on it! Consider adopting the technique of the show's soon-to-be scene stealer Tamica Lee and her cocktail assistant for the day, Reagan Charleston (clip above).

Tamica says that a French 75 can be enjoyed at any time of day and that it's like a, "mimosa on a kick! You can wake up and have it."

"Tamica’s like, you can wake up and have it instead of coffee," Reagan joked.

"You can wake up and have it," Tamica continued. "French 75 was named after the French 75mm [weapon] from World War I."

"The gun, folks," Reagan added.

"‘Cause I come in guns blazing!" Tamica joked.

"This is why Tamica likes the beverage," said Reagan. "She likes anything that’s strong, has a kick, and can kill you. No, I’m kidding, it won’t kill you. It will make you the happiest, most fun, most clever person ever."

Tamica's key tip is to not bother measuring the gin or the champagne; as she demonstrated, you can just eyeball it all in the glass — and who cares if there's a bit too much of anything?

"If you haven’t found out yet, Tamica is heavy handed," Reagan shared, as Tamica squeezed the lemon.

To recap, a French 75 NOLA style requires gin, champagne, lemon juice, sugar — and a rejection of precision in favor of whimsy.

Cheers! 

Southern Charm New Orleans debuts on Sunday, April 15 at 9/8c.  

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