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bourbon cocktail with orange slice floating in it.  Title: The French 95.
3/4 ounce bourbon
3/4 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce fresh orange juice
Shake the first four ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled glass. Splash in champagne. (Any bubbly will do.)
Recommended bottles:

Rabbit Hole Dareringer Sherry Finish Bourbon

Martell Cognac
Blue Swift

A sherry-cask finished American bourbon with unmatched depth of flavor and complexity.
Old meets new mashup: a delicious new taste still steeping in tradition, from the 300-year old French cognac brand.
This French 95 is a delicious revisioning of the more classic gin-based French 75.  Here you trade gin for bourbon or VSOP cognac, for a perfectly sweet sour balance.  These different spirits add some caramel flavor and depth of complexity to this completely satisfying cocktail. A few tips for easily enjoying at home, using ingredients you have on hand:
  • Any citrus you have on hand will do, swap in a lemon if you don't have any orange!
  • Simple syrup is just equal parts boiling water & sugar.  Make a batch at a time and keep in your refrigerator
  • Bubbly is bubbly: use Cava, Brut, Prosecco - any of these or another sparkling wine will provide that delicious effervescence 

Recipe credit: Dale DeGroff, The Craft of Cocktail

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