Riondo Prosecco and French 75’s in the Morning

It was my Dad who taught me to love books.  Going to the library was considered a family outing. After I left home we would call each other to say, “Hey! I just read this book!  Have you read it?”

I can’t share books with my Dad anymore, but I still have at least two books going most of the time.  A book I am currently reading, The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah, is set in France’s Loire region during WWII.  In one scene, two young women spend a morning in uneasy conversation after their husbands have left to serve in the conflict.  “Gin?”, or “Cognac?”, they ponder.  It’s ten o’clock in the morning! So they decided on a French 75.

You know where I’m going with this, right?

The recipe:

1 oz gin or cognac, 1/2 oz simple syrup, 1/2 oz lemon juice, shaken with ice then strained into a glass; The glass is topped up with Brut Champagne or a dry sparkling wine.

I bought the Riondo Prosecco, not a Champagne, but a dry enough bubbly.


Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine utilizing the Glera grape, with the sparkling second fermentation taking place in pressurized stainless steel tanks. The style is fresh and light, which seemed perfect for the characters’ morning drinking.


Brilliantly shining, with a light frizzante.  Aromas are of fresh lemon with hints of yeastiness and flowers.


On the palate is more fresh lemon with almond notes and drizzles of honey.  The bubbles add body and freshness.

We made one drink with Gin (Hendricks and one with Cognac (Remy Martin VSOP



My favorite was certainly the Gin with it’s floral botanicals mixing very well with the fresh notes of the Prosecco.

Our cheese and meat plate was perfectly accompanied by the French 75, the rich cheeses and meats lightened up by the clean and light character of the drink.



I did not drink my French 75 in the morning, but I would drink it anytime of day, accompanied by a good book!  My Dad would approve!



Making a French 75;

Sipping with friends and conversation in the morning;

Accompanying a good book;

A wine drinker who wants a light, effervescent pleasant drink!






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