The French 75 Cocktail. That sounds like fun! And French is in the title...... I am, an unapologetic, Francophile. There. I said it. Doug teases me about it and I say, “No, I’m not!” ……but it’s true. Right, where was I?
This drink was reportedly created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris. The mixture of gin and champagne gave such a kick that it was like being shelled by a French 75mm field gun, which is also called a “75 Cocktail” The drink's recipe was first recorded in The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930.
I had to find a photo (and of course give credit) because my photos of OUR French 75 Cocktails have disappeared. I added extra cherry to mine :-)
Simple delicious ingredients.......
2 oz. Gin (Vodka for me)
2 oz. lemon juice
2 tsp. (more or less) simple syrup
Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until your hand hurts from the cold. Pour into Collins glass and top with champagne.
You can make this with gin or vodka. I am a confirmed vodka girl but my man loves his gin. David Embury, author of The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, states “Gin is sometimes used in place of cognac in this drink, but then, of course, it no longer should be called French.” Hmmmmmmmm……I would be game to try this with cognac.
For more info on the Soixante Quinze (French 75) and some cool cocktail links please chest out Oh Gosh Here
Cheers and please sir......... may I have another!