The French 75 or Soixante-Quinze

The French 75

The French 75
The Bar at Bohanan's
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With the upcoming French 75 contest at The Esquire, it seems a good time to explore that drink’s history, which is hinted at by the question a bartender who knows her stuff will ask you when you order one: “Cognac or gin?”

The origin of the drink is unclear and disputed. One story suggests that it was created in World War I by French infantrymen. According to this particular story, French officers were allotted an unlimited quantity of Champagne, while the infantry’s share was rationed. To stretch their stock, it is said that the infantrymen would drink Cognac — of which they were allotted an unlimited quantity — with a float of Champagne before going “over the top” to attack the enemy. Continue reading

The Rickey Maurin

So, one of my favorite bartenders on the Alamo City cocktail scene plies his trade as head bartender at the Bar at Bohanan’s. I was introduced to Chris Ware before I even moved to San Antonio, and he has since become a friend. Lucky me, eh?

The Rickey Maurin

The Rickey Maurin
The Bar at Bohanan's
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This past weekend, Chris competed in the Bombay Sapphire cocktail competition in Austin. Several San Antonio bartenders pitted their creations against those of other bartenders from all over the state. Chris was the only one to place in the top six. His entry? The “Rickey Maurin,” a Gin Rickey made with Maurin Quina, a cherry-flavored aperitif, with a hint of quinine.
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