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The Cocktail Edition, French C-D5 & French 75 Recipes

This is the third post from Chron Vivant as part of his LEVO blog takeover. If you’ve followed along, you’ve used some infused olive oil to make an olive oil cake, infused olives, and fat-washed gin.

And here’s TWO ‘tails from the medicated master of canna-infused drinks. One savory cocktail and a bubbly cocktail with an easy mocktail option. “New Year’s Eve is like any other eve to me: I drink.” -Bukowski

On New Year’s I typically start off my night with a glass or two of champagne (or a French C-D5), and then graduate to a gin-based spirit like the Martini. There are many interpretations of the iconic Martini but no matter how hard one tries, simplicity always wins.

Alongside my recent obsession with crafting artisanal flower-infused oils in my new LEVO lie my attempts to incorporate those infusions into classic cocktail recipes. I happened to have some leftover flower-infused olive oil (from my olive oil cake recipe) that I wanted to incorporate it into a cocktail, so I developed this olive oil fat-washed gin martini with our infused olive garnish.

I absolutely love fat-washing spirits and personally find that using gin that is washed with infused olive oil imparts a delicious savory and fruity note that complements the botanicals and adds a luscious mouthfeel to the drink, but does not contain enough T-C to create any negative synergistic effects.

During most New Year Eve symposiums I can typically be found with a champagne flute in one hand and a joint in the other – not always a seamless pairing, and certainly less fun the morning after.

A little indulgence is fine every once in awhile but Chron Vivant is all about promoting responsible consumption, so I wanted to highlight a non-alcoholic drink alternative (with an optional flower-infused garnish) that’s perfect for those looking to partake in the festivities without the post-party headache.

When I think of New Years libations my mind automatically goes straight to champagne. And what better way to put an even more celebratory twist on the traditional glass of bubbly than with a sparkling cocktail?

One of my favorites is the classic French 75. Dead simple to execute. The original is made with gin, fresh lemon juice, bitters, and bubbles and is the perfect canvas to play with. I call my zero-proof interpretation the French C-D5. This potable is built by substituting the gin and champagne for premium sparkling tonic and a bitters + C-D soaked sugar cube (you can always leave the C-D out for an equally tasty non-medicated sparkling beverage).

The French C-D5 has a similar botanical flavor profile as the gin-based version and the addition of C-D should help aid in relaxation and improved mood. And of course when you’re drinking you need to make sure you have food in your stomach, so I like to pair this mocktail with a microdose flower-infused olive oil cake garnish for good measure.


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