Nothing says je t’aime like coming home from a delicious dinner at Le Manhattan Bistro and cozying up to a cocktail on the couch with your sweetheart. But how can you enjoy the exquisite tastes of Paris in Northeast Pennsylvania? Look no further than this list of Parisian cocktails.
The French 75 – One of the Most Popular Parisian Cocktails
We are no stranger to the French 75 at Le Manhattan Bistro. Rumor has it that the French 75 cocktail was invented in World War I and named after the Canon de 75 Modèle 1897, also known as the French 75mm field gun, a piece of artillery that played a significant role in the Allied Forces’ victory in WWI.
Want to make your own? You’ll need:
- 1 lemon
- 3 tablespoons of gin
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup
- 1 cup of ice cubes
- 1/4 cup dry sparkling wine, such as brut Champagne, chilled
Take your lemon and slice the peel in a long, thin spiral. You’ll also need that lemon to extract the juice. In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add and shake. Strain the mixture into a chilled champagne flute and top with your sparkling wine. Then garnish with the lemon spiral.
Created in Paris, the story of the Sidecar is that a regular who ordered this concoction would roll up the bar in his motorcycle with a sidecar wanting the drink ASAP.
Ready for a ride? To serve up a Sidecar you’ll need:
- 2 ounces cognac or Armagnac or bourbon
- 1 ounce Cointreau orange liqueur
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice
- Garnish: lemon twist
This is rather simple to make. Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and shake. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with your lemon peel twist.
Absinthe AKA, Green Fairy – Parisian Cocktails First Used for Medicinal Purposes
Though this drink was created in Switzerland in the 18th century, it became highly popular in the late 19th and 20th centuries. First used for medicinal purposes, it quickly became a favorite drink for artists and writers in Paris. Some notable Absinthe consumers include Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, and Oscar Wilde.
Want to drink like Parisian creatives? Gather up the following ingredients for this Absinthe cocktail called Death in the Afternoon:
- 1 ½ oz Absinthe
- 5 ounces sparkling wine
- Pour Absinthe into a champagne glass
- Gradually add sparkling wine
Before you cozy up with a cocktail, make your Valentine’s Day reservations at Le Manhattan Bistro!
Le Manhattan Bistro Featured on Discover NEPA
Never been to Le Manhattan Bistro before? Discover NEPA recently stopped in to check out our beautiful restaurant and talk with Manager Jesse Shaffer about the incredible dishes our Executive Chef Jonathan Minor creates day in and day out. Take a look at their video here and then reserve your table today!