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DRINK MATCH: French 75

There's so much alcohol presented and consumed in CASABLANCA, you'd almost think it's a long form commercial for the International Bartenders Association. There's Champagne, cognac, Cointreau, brandy, and much, much more. But at the end of the day, it's a simple tale about pickling your liver with bourbon over a woman (and friendship). As they gamble, attempt to reach America, or plot their world domination, patrons of Rick's Café Américain love to toss back the powerful French 75 (recipe below), a wonderful sipping companion to this fine film.
ALTERNATE MATCH: Straight bourbon whiskey


Rick gets bent out of shape.



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The source of Rick's problems. Can you really blame him?

Watch Ilsa request Sam to play "As Time Goes By"


French 75
    Ingredients:
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce sugar syrup
  • Chanpagne
  • Lemon twist, optional garnish
Throw the gin, lemon juice, and syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a highball glass and top with Champagne.