{ CHEERS }: Do as they do in France… A FRENCH KISS. ♡


Ooh la la – hi hi hi

I’m back!

I missed you guys and I’ll admit, it was weird to not work on the blog or much over the weekend but it was just what the doctor ordered. We had plenty of much needed quality time over the long weekend.

In fact, we cooked all weekend long which was so therapeutic! I know I am overdue on a Paris recap – coming soon, I promise – but our time in Paris has really influenced our cooking lately.

I know you know this, but the cuisine in Paris was phenomenal. Seriously, top notch. It was a food & beverage DREAM being there.

On our last night there, we ended up at one of the most amazing restaurants I have ever been to. It was in the Marais neighborhood called Chez Julien.

The second we walked in, I knew we made the right decision. The restaurant was stunning with a lot of personality. Think chandeliers, tall ceilings, mahogany details, & the tables being lit by a single sexy candle dripping wax everywhere. Oh, and to make it better? They were playing Daft Punk. You’d seriously think Erik was going to propose {not a hint – just literally all my favourite things in one place lol}





{ unedited photos from Chez Julien! }

Though it was a shot in the dark (we were seriously just guessing with restaurants since we didn’t make reservations anywhere & our concierge told us we were SOL), we hit the bulls-eye… no thanks to him lol.

It ended up being one of our most special dinners in Paris, and honestly… ever.

There, we had a chateaubriand, plenty {plentyyyyy} of wine. I also figured it was our last night there so #yolo & ordered a cocktail, as well.

On the menu, they had a French Kiss cocktail that instantly caught my eye.

It was gin, ginger, champagne & fresh mint.

aka yes, yes, YES & oh yes.

I was obsessed with it & told Erik probably 1000 times during dinner, we HAVE to make this cocktail when we get home.

Wheels down in San Francisco, & cocktail hour was on!

This was super easy because we always have Gin, & Champagne on hand. Only thing we needed to get was ginger & mint. Easy enough.

As far as bubbles to top it with, we like to go with something in the $9-$20 max range. As much as I’d love to have a french champagne in this to stay with the theme, we had this local Chronic Cellars bubbly on our hands. Right in our price range, & since we know I like my chronic, Erik thought it was very “on brand”. I’m down with it.

Feel free to use Prosecco or Cava, as they can be in the inexpensive side -also great for mimosas & bellinis!

Same rule of thumb with what bubbly to use as what wine to cook with: use something you’d drink anyway.

Since this is a STRONG & spicy cocktail, we need some sweetness to balance it out.

Enter in some Simple Syrup!

You can buy this, but it’s really, REALLY easy to make. I’m not even going to link to any because they are all outrageously expensive, and you can make it at home for less than a dollar. In fact, in Dallas, I always had some on hand. The biggest thing to note, is that I don’t keep regular sugar in my house, just coconut sugar. {more details here & here}.

It was just as easy to make & was just as sweet! The only big difference really was the colour. Since this drink is on the yellow shade thanks to the ginger & the bubbles, I wasn’t stressed about it. However, for say clear drinks {especially those on the cool colour spectrum}, I’d use regular white sugar. That said, you will see simple made with raw, brown sugar like turbinado – not to mention it goes damn well with rum, bourbon, & even some tequilas {I’d say the same with the coconut simple}.

What’s great about making it at home is you can make as much or as little as you need. We did a ratio of 1 : 1 :: sugar : water. For this {we had a few more cocktails we wanted to make}, we used 1 cup sugar & 1 cup water. Adjust as needed. Want a thicker, sweeter syrup? Add more sugar.

Directions are as simple {no pun intended until now} as can be: combine sugar & water in a small sauce pan. Bring heat to medium. When sugar has fully dissolved, remove from heat, let cool, bottle it up and put it in the fridge!

{ pourin’ up the sizzurp }

 

As far as how to make it? It’s even easier than the simple syrup.

We used actual ginger, but you could easily make a ginger infused simple syrup, use a ginger liqueur {omit the vodka or gin if you do so}, or you can sub the champagne for ginger beer.

We took about the size of a thumb off the ginger root, peeled & grated it with a grater {or a microplane – which I really need}.  Whenever I can, I like to use as fresh as ingredients as possible. This also made it taste zesty af & a lil spicy! #LIKE


In a jigger, measure out two ounces of gin {or vodka, if preferred}, an ounce of simple syrup {I used slightly less since my sweet tooth is non-existant}, mint, ginger. Shake shake shake, add to a glass, top with champagne & garnish with mint. Easy.

Looking to make this non alcoholic? Omit the gin / vodka completely, make a ginger mint lemonade – lemon + ginger + simple + crushed mint – & top with ginger beer {ginger beer, despite the name, has no alcohol in it} or sparkling water.

Tip: with the mint, clap it in your hands to release the flavours!

Annnnnd that’s about all I got for you guys!

Give this a go!

My measurements are for two…. but that doesn’t mean it has to be for two people. Go ahead… make it a double… I know I did. 😉

Let me know some of your favourite cocktails! Any you’d like to see on here? let me know & your wish is my command!

Pinkie rings to the sky,
xx Shannon

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{ DRANK }: Do as they do in France... FRENCH KISS. ♡
A cocktail inspired by a special evening in Paris at Chez Julien.
Course Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
French Kiss Cocktail
Simple Syrup
Course Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
French Kiss Cocktail
Simple Syrup
Instructions
  1. In a jigger, measure gin, & simple. Put in glass of mixer. Add ginger. In the palm of your hand, clap the mint to release flavour, & add to the glass. Fill with ice & shake.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass. Top with sparkling wine & garnish with mint leaves. Cheers!
Simple Syrup
  1. Combine water & sugar in a saucepan. Bring over medium heat & stir until sugar dissolves completely. Remove from heat, bottle & store in refrigerator. If you want it sweeter or thicker, add more sugar.
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  • gretchen (LIVINGLIFEPRETTY)

    i Have had a french kiss and LOVED it! However, I have never been to Paris! So jealous. sounds like you have a wonderful time!

    • omg you HAVE to go, it’s my favourite place I’ve ever been!!! if you make this lmk!! xx Shannon

  • Omg! I will make this just to empty the Spritz & Giggles bottle to turn into some kitchen decor! This sounds so yummy!
    Joy
    http://www.basicallyjoy.com/

    • ha! sounds like a plan! If you make it, lmk – I love using cute empty bottles for flower holders too 😉 x

  • Riva Treasure

    Ohhh I would have never thought of this delicious looking drink, I love the bottle too!

    • It’s seriously so good & so fresh!! I love the bottle too, it’s so fun!! x

  • Alexandra Collier

    Definitely need to make this! Looks so good!
    xoxo, Alexandra
    http://threadsandlabels.com

    • it’s so so so good! Perfect for the upcoming spring! 😉 xx

  • These drinks look so amazing yummy
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  • Caitlin

    What a beautiful drink!

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

    • any drink topped with champagne is an A+ in my book!! x

  • Nicole Fuentes

    Love your cocktail idea! I’m gonna try it this weekend!
    xx, Nicole
    http://www.nicolesometimes.com

    • Love it, Nicole!! Let me know how it goes babe! xx Shannon

  • Looks like you had a BOOZING good time, ha ha!

    I remember when I didn’t blog for a FULL MONTH over the holidays because I traveled and decided to spend time with family – SOOOOO WEIRD not blogging but a nice refresh, that’s for sure!

    • Ha!!! FULL CONFESSION but we actually thought it was vodka and gin and made it with both for the longest time LOL

      RIGHT? There def is some FOMO going on but once it fades… it’s quite nice 🙂 One thing I am learning in this blogging journey is when to unplug! Cheers darling!! xx Shannon

  • Komal Patel

    This sounds so delicious. I am a huge fan of strong, spicy and sweet. I am glad you had such a great time in Paris. It worked in your favor that the concierge was mehhh!
    http://www.sweetandmasala.com

    • Sweet & spicy is the perfect mix! ugh, that concierge lol never a dull moment for sure! Let me know if you have good cocktail recipes, I LOVE your blog {the fennel toner idea was INCREDIBLE!} xx

  • Rachel Barter

    Absolutely love this recipe idea! Your Paris trip sounds amazing. I’ll have to try this out!

    xo Rachel | http://www.thesassroom.com

    • Thank you, Rachel! So easy and so fresh. Paris was incredible, I miss it so much already!! x

  • Great cocktail recipes! xo Jana | http://www.janastyleblog.com

  • Thanks for sharing your trip and the recipe with us. I will have to give it a try next time I host some friends over. Hope you have a great day !!! xo, Emily
    (SCsister)

    http://bailylamb.com

    • Thank you, Emily!! It’s so good & such a crowd pleaser… plus you can use vodka or gin…. or both! LMK how it goes babe!! Cheers! xx

  • Mary Alice

    This looks delicious! And I am definitely bookmarking this page for when I travel to Paris. Thanks!

    • Thank you so much, Mary Alice!! I’ll do a whole recap post next week but I cannot recommend Chez Julien enough. It was seriously incredible! Be sure to get a drink at the Bristol Hotel too! We are big fans on just walking and seeing where the wind blows us and there is no shortage of it in Paris. Have SO MUCH FUN I am sooo jealous!! x

  • Tania CuirFlor

    Me and my husband have been experimenting with alcoholic beverages lately. We started with the basics, margaritas!!! Hahaha. We can make some mean margaritas now! This is next!!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Ooooh LOVE it Tania!! Cocktails at home are soooo fun vs a madness in the bar. Let me know your marg recipe, I’ll give it a go!!! Cheers babe & lmk if you have any questions 🙂 xx

  • Emily Soto

    That cocktail sounds amazing! I’ll definitely have try it!

    Emily
    withstyleandgrace.net

    • Thanks babe!!! Any excuse to pour champagne over a cocktail is a good one for me 😉 xx

  • Wow this is awesome! I want to try to mix this, thanks for sharing!

    -Brandi Kimberly

    http://www.cutebrandik.com

    • Thanks Brandi!! I hope you give it a go – so good & FUN to make 😉

  • Sounds awesome – I’m book-marking this page for future cocktail creation 😍🍸
    xo,
    Dina
    http://www.ModnitsaStyling.com