The French 75.
Although not southern in origin, it is a well known New Orleans favorite. And New Orleans is a top favorite Southern city for myself.
The New Orleans style French 75 can differ from the classic. The question is, gin or cognac?
Some say the cognac version suits colder days and the gin version suits a warm southern night, so of course we're choosing the latter today!
A simple recipe from Saveur:
1/2oz simple syrup
1/2oz fresh lemon juice
Brut champagne or dry sparkling white wine
Combine gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until well chilled and strain into a glass. Top with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist to serve.
Cheers to bubbles even if you're not celebrating a birthday or Mardi Gras!