This is a play on the French 75, a gin, champagne, and lemon juice cocktail made famous by a Franco-American World War I flying ace. It's unclear what makes the French 75 so powerful—but, whoo boy, do you feel it when you down one! You can bet the same is true of its Mexican cousin.
Reprinted from TEQUILA: A Guide to Types, Flights, Cocktails, and Bites by Joanne Weir. Photography by Lara Hata. Copyright © 2009. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA.
1 ounce blanco tequila
1/2 ounce Cocktail-Ready Agave Nectar (see instructions)
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed
Champagne, for topping
1 lime zest spiral (see instructions), for garnish
Combine the tequila, Cocktail-Ready Agave Nectar, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake for 5 seconds and strain into a champagne flute. Top it off with champagne and garnish with the lime zest spiral.
Cocktail-Ready Agave Nectar
Combine 1 part each agave nectar and water and stir to dissolve.
Lemon or Lime Zest Spiral
Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest from a lemon or lime in a strip about 4 inches by 1/4 inch. Wrap the strip around the stem of a cocktail stirrer and hold for 10 seconds. Slide the curl off the stirrer to garnish a cocktail.