Courtesy Jessie Smyth, lead bartender, Genever, Los Angeles
Opt for a jonge, or “young,” genever for this refreshing variation of a French 75, since it more closely resembles gin. By comparison, oude, or “old,” genever contains more malt spirit and is more likely to have some color, often a result of barrel aging. Young-style genever is required to be crystal-clear, but it still holds up to the pronounced peach and basil notes. Smyth recommends this fruity sparkler as “perfect for brunch.”
Published: August 8, 2019
Combine first 5 ingredients in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, then strain into large coupe glass. Top with Champagne or other dry sparkling wine. Briefly slap remaining basil leaf against palm to release aromatic oils, then float atop drink.