Serving Up 75

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BY SHELBY SCHWARTZ SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY SEP 29, 2017

Café BarBosso’s version of Soixante Quinze, translated to 75 in English, makes for a refreshing cocktail packed with a punch. Exactly how the drink got its name remains a mystery. One story tells of barman Harry MacElhone who in 1915 claimed that the drink was so strong he felt as though he was shot by a French 75mm field gun. Other accounts stake claim to the drink, developing new iterations and proposing their invention as original, but regardless of the origin and the stories, flavor poses as most important and Café CarBosso’s truly stands out. Creating the drink starts with pouring ¾ oz. of Hendricks Gin on ice into a glass. Accompanying the gin, ¾ oz. of lemon juice joins the base, sweetening the drink with a pop of citrus. The concoction blends with ice until fully chilled. Next it is strained and topped with cold Prosecco for added flavor. Serving as a garnish, an orange twist curves around the lip of the glass, adding color and reflecting the drink’s tang.

Café BarBosso, 5501 Palmer Crossing Cir., Sarasota, 941-922-7999.

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