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gatling gun cocktail

The Gatling Gun Cocktail

Serves: Makes 1 cocktail

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1 1/2 ounce aged brandy, such as Copper & Kings Floodwall Apple Brandy 
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice 
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Ice cubes
3 ounces Foggy Ridge Serious Cider 
Long lemon peel spiral, for garnish


Combine the brandy, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker. Add ice cubes and shake vigorously until chilled. Double-strain the cocktail by holding a small, conical fine mesh strainer between the shaker tin with a Hawthorne strainer (or a cobbler shaker with its built-in strainer) and a champagne flute. Pour the cocktail through both strainers into the glass. Top with the cider. Garnish with the lemon peel spiral and serve immediately.

Photo Credit: Jerry Slater

About the recipe

The French 75 got its name from the World War I 75mm field gun, so in a similar fashion, Jerry Slater named this drink after the Gatling gun, a predecessor of the modern machine gun, which was invented by North Carolina native Dr. Richard Gatling. While most versions of a French 75 call for gin, Chris Hannah, a bartender at Arnaud’s French 75 Bar in New Orleans, insists the drink should be made with French cognac. So in a Southern twist, we're using aged brandy from Louisville, Kentucky's Copper & Kings American Brandy Company. To really kick up the apple flavor, use their new Floodwall Apple Brandy