The French 75 is a simple yet elegant drink for any occasion, whether you’re ringing in the new year, toasting to a successful new job or just celebrating a new pair of shoes. The drink’s bubbles, spirits and fancy presentation in a champagne flute are sure party-pleasers.
Despite the name, the drink contains only four (not 75) simple ingredients; gin, lemon juice, champagne, and simple syrup. It’s a sweet and sour blend with the kick of gin and a pleasing fizz.
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As with most cocktails, its history is a bit muddled. In the 1800s, Charles Dickens served it to callers he entertained in his parlor.
Then in 1926, the young owner of Harry’s American Bar in Paris gave the concoction its official name, inspired by the 75mm Howitzer field gun that the French and Americans used in combat.
In 1930, the first printed version of the recipe appeared in Savoy Cocktail Book, and its popularity exploded.
To this day, it’s a classic, enduring fave that’s sure to make all your festivities more festive and your merriment even merrier.
- 3 ounces lemon juice
- 3 ounces simple syrup
- 4 ounces gin
- Mix the first three ingredients in a champagne flute.
- Top with champagne and serve.