french 75 cocktail

french 75

The French 75 or Soixante Quinze was our signature cocktail at this year’s holiday party. The sound of the cocktail shaker made a festive greeting. The drink was named after the 75mm M1897 artillery gun used by the French military in World War I. American GI’s caught on to this drink that packs a punch and brought it home. There are countless variations on this popular champagne cocktail, substituting Cognac, Vodka, or even Tequila for the Gin.

french 75

Print Recipe
Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce gin
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • (1 cup sugar and 1 cup water)
  • 3 ounces Champagne
  • (Prosecco or Cava will work)
  • Garnish: lemon twist
  • Glass: Champagne flute, chilled

Instructions

1

Make simple syrup: In a saucepan over low heat, warm 1 cup sugar in 1 cup water until dissolved. Cool to room temperature before using. (There will be extra syrup; refrigerate if not using immediately.)

2

Using zester or channel knife, peel from lemon rind thin spirals, about 6” long.

3

Juice lemons for cocktail and set peel aside.

4

In cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup.

5

Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds.

6

Strain into chilled Champagne flute and top with sparkling wine.

7

Curl lemon peel around finger to create twist. Garnish drink with twist and serve immediately.

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