Loosely based on the French 75, a classic cocktail of gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar, this sparkling beverage uses lemonade concentrate as a shortcut. Be sure to allow the concentrate to thaw ahead of time. You'll use almost a whole bottle of Champagne; the rest goes into the dessert. If time allows, you can use a quick simple syrup with lemon juice: Combine 3 tablespoons each of sugar, lemon juice, and water; microwave for 1 minute, and cool.
Pimm's Royale | RealSimple.com / This twist on a kir royale swaps cassis for the beloved British picnic classic, Pimm’s. With a gin base and lovely notes of citrus and spicy berries, it practically screams summertime. Garnish with strawberries and a sprig of mint for the full effect.