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Party Like it’s 1949: The French 75

Party Like it’s 1949: The French 75

We here at LFF can’t resist anything French or anything that has champagne, so this week’s cocktail is a French 75. The drink dates back to WWI, but became popular in America in the ’40s, where it was served at NYC’s super ritzy Stork Club. It also makes an appearance in the 1942 movie Casablanca.

French 75

Photo: NY Times
Photo: NY Times


  • 2 ounces London dry gin
  • ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces Champagne
  • lemon twist


Combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds.

Strain cocktail through a Hawthorne strainer or a slotted spoon into a large flute. Top with Champagne; garnish with lemon twist.

Named after a French 75 mm field gun (or so the story goes), this cocktail packs quite a kick!

Check back next week for a fabulous ’50s concoction!

Party Like it’s 1939: The Champagne Cocktail

Party Like it’s 1939: The Champagne Cocktail

What do you do when prohibition is over but you’re too poor to go to a bar because you and your entire family live in the jalopy you drove to California to escape the dust bowl in? You write the Grapes of Wrath.

But for those of us who AREN’T John Steinbeck, you’d probably just head on down to the Orpheum and watch a movie about attractive rich people who solve crimes while being witty. So in honor of escapism and Oscar weekend, let’s make a Champagne Cocktail.

The Champagne Cocktail dates back to the late 1800s, but it’s listed among the Top Ten Cocktails for at least two years in the 1930s, so we think it’s appropriate. And while Champagne purists would probably vomit, the Champagne Cocktail sounds like something you would order at Harry’s Bar in Paris while you’re waiting for Ernest Hemingway to get off work so you can go to a bullfight.*

Champagne Cocktail



  • sugar cubes
  • 3 dashes bitters (Angostura or Peychaud’s)
  • Brut champagne
  • twist of lemon


Place a sugar cube in a chilled champagne flute. Lash it with 2 or 3 dashes of bitters (Angostura or Peychaud’s), fill the glass with Champagne and squeeze a lemon twist on top and you’re done! You’re all ready for your night out with Hemingway. But be careful cuz that dude is hardcore.

*Ok, yes we know there are no bullfights in Paris and that, in fact, Hemingway left Paris in 1928, but let us have our fantasy

Fun fact: The first Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1929 – missed it by a year! But happy Oscar-watching everyone!

Feel free to post your Champagne Cocktail pic on Instagram and tag @lesfemmesfatalesnyc!

Miss last week’s drink? It was the Bee’s Knees!




Get those dolls, Neely

Hello friends and lovers.

We femmes are big on inner sparkle, but what enhances inner sparkle more than silky freshwater pearls or a sparkly topaz cocktail ring? How about a sensuous gold and onyx cuff bracelet? Well, don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered. On 10/26, LFF is teaming up with jewelry designer Patty Tobin for a special evening that celebrates all things glittery and fun.

Toute les femmes will gather our sequins and boas and head down to Patty’s charming Chelsea boutique for a burlesque-themed jewelry event to raise money for a veeerrrrrrrrrry good cause: Pets for Vets/NYC-LI. This amazing organization matches up shelter dogs with wounded military vets. What better way to spend an evening?

In addition to donating a percentage of her sales to Pets for Vets, Patty will also be raffling off a piece of jewelry (estimated worth ~$300), proceeds of which will also go to the org. OMG, right?

Meanwhile, Les Femmes will be on hand to show you step-by-step how we burlesque and to give you a sneak peak of our sexy, scary-in-a-good-way Halloween show. There will also be other special surprises that you will just have to show up to see.

There will be bubbly of course, and other light refreshments. There is no cover charge, but space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot ASAP. I’m telling you, this is going to be the event of the season. Well, at least until our Halloween show on Sat. 10/29.

Click here for details. Hope you can make it!



How to Drink like Jackie O

How to Drink like Jackie O

Being a femme fatale can be exhausting. Between keeping track of all the men whose downfalls you’re plotting and trying to figure out how to bury the bodies without ruining your manicure, a girl sometimes just needs to kick up her stilettos and have a drink at the end of a long week.

But that raises the eternal question: “What should I drink?” Perhaps you’re bored with champagne or have had one too many run-ins with the Green Fairy. Or maybe you just feel like consuming a drink named after yourself. In that case, here are some suggestions.

Cheers, darling

This recipe bills itself as fruity like punch. Supposedly, it goes down really smooth and before you know it, you’re dead. Or at least passed out.

Sounds intriguing!

Femme Fatale

1/2 part Southern Comfort
1/2 part Vodka
1/2 part Amaretto
1/2 part Grand Marnier
dash of Grenadine
3 parts Pineapple juice
top up Orange juice

Put a scoop of ice into your shaker then add ingredients as listed. Shake then pour into a highball glass with ice garnish with a cherry, lemon and various paraphernalia. For a color variation make and pour the drink, then add the grenadine afterwards.

Recipe: Cocktail: UK

This next version is a little more classy, for you upscale femmes. According to the story, Jackie O. invented it at a fancy Cambodian hotel in 1967. I’m sure we all have a story like that. But it is pretty classy in its simplicity. And everyone has crème de fraise and Champagne on hand, right?

You wouldn’t serve Jackie beer out of a can

Raffles Hotel Le Royal’s Femme Fatale

1/4 oz. Crème de Fraise
Dash of cognac
4.4 oz. champagne

Pour the Crème de Fraise and cognac into a 5-ounce cocktail glass. Finish with champagne. Enjoy immediately.

Recipe: Raffles Hotel Le Royal via Andrew Harper’s Summer Cocktail Series

This labor-intensive version is for those of you who like to go south of the border. It’s made from cachaça, a Brazilian liqueur and it sounds like the perfect drink for not watching the Rio Olympics this summer.

Brazil’s finest

Dirty Habit’s Femme Fatale

1 1/2 oz. cachaça
1/2 oz. Ancho Reyes chile liqueur
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. coconut syrup
Glass: Collins
Garnish: lime wheel

Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish.

Coconut Syrup
20 oz. coconut purée
20 oz. cane sugar
5 1/3 oz. hot water
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. xanthan gum (as a thickener)

Add the sugar to a stockpot over medium-high heat to slightly caramelize (taking caution to not let it burn). Reduce the heat to medium and whisk in the coconut purée, then thehot water and salt. Add xanthan gum by pouring through a basket strainer to disperse properly (xanthan can clump up if poured in all at once). Let simmer for about 15 minutes; remove from heat and let cool to room temperature before bottling. Keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Recipe: Imbibe Magazine via Dirty Habit, San Francisco

There you have it, friends. Three cocktails that promise, in the best femme fatale fashion, to lure you in, then F you up. Do you prefer your poison punchy, classy or with a Brazilian kick? Have you tried any of these? Let us know!

Happy Friday!