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L’Eminent Fig


A rich rendition of the classic French 75.

Perhaps no bartender in the U.S. has made as many French 75s as New Orleans bartender Chris Hannah, who helmed the bar for many years at Arnaud’s French 75 Bar and can now be found at Jewel of the South. “Holding a French 75 suitably made with Cognac is as close as a cocktail comes to gospel,” he says. In this variation on the classic, Hannah uses a base of Rémy Martin 1738 and adds layers of richness by bringing fig jam and black tea into the mix. “I really enjoy the bold nuttiness as well as the floral and slight citrus in the 1738; it’s lovely to see its approachable complexity shine through in a drink.”


Yield:Makes 2 cocktails
  • Tools:shaker, barspoon, strainer
  • Glass:coupe or flute
  • Garnish:lemon peel


Ad the fig jam and cooled tea in a shaker and stir to combine.  Add lemon juice, Cognac, and ice and shake until chilled. Double strain into the chilled glasses, then top with Champagne.  Twist lemon peels over the cocktails to express the citrus oils, then uses as garnishes.

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