Served exclusively at Franco’s Bar, this Positano variation on the classic French 75 was devised by Le Sirenuse’s head barman Robert Wimmer. “It’s the perfect summer aperitif”, he explains. “Easy, refreshing, not too sweet”.
Named after a World War I artillery gun – because of the kick it supplies – the French 75 is a blend of Champagne, gin, lemon juice and sugar (and therefore a close relation of the Tom Collins, in which the champagne is replaced by soda water). In the Dolce Vita, the Champagne is replaced by Prosecco, the lemon juice by lime, while a dash of redcurrant juice (or pomegranate when it’s in season) adds colour and a vitamin boost.
Robert says that his aim was “to take people back to the carefree Fellini spirit of the 1950s and early 1960s, to encapsulate in a drink the spensieratezza of those years”.
Put the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice cubes. Pour into a tumbler half-filled with crushed ice. Top up with Prosecco, stir with a bar spoon – then sit back and enjoy.
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