Woo-hoo! It’s Fat Tuesday, which means… I’m knee-deep in papers at my cubicle. Like any other Tuesday, really, except for the paczki that someone brought into the office this morning.
For those of us who’re unable to venture southward for Mardi Gras, we can still raise a cocktail in celebration of the last day of excess before the traditional Lenten season. (And for those who do not celebrate Lent, it’s still an excuse to raise a cocktail.)
There are a number of options for a French- or Lousiana-inspired cocktail, but I’m going to go with something I came up with while playing around with the latest North Shore Distillery limited release, Eldergin. (If you don’t have access to this delightful liqueur, a premium sloe gin will keep the proportions. But the Eldergin plays ridiculously well with sparkling wine, so use it if you can.)
The cocktail geeks will notice the Ten Cent Pistol is a simple take off the classic French 75. Instead of gin, it utilizes a combination of cognac and Eldergin, marrying French brandy with Midwestern elderberries. I like it topped with a sweet cuvée, but it works with any champagne.
While I won’t be down in the Big Easy today, I will be… well, I’ll be at home with my wife. Not exactly the epitome of revelry and excess, but with this cocktail in hand, it’ll definitely be an evening of bons temps.
Ten Cent Pistol
1 oz cognac
1 oz Eldergin
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
dash of simple syrup
Shake ingredients with ice, strain into champagne flute. Top with champagne, garnish with lemon twist.