A mixture of gin, lemon, Champagne and sugar, the classic French 75 is a deliciously refreshing cocktail. Named for a quick-firing gun used during World War I, the cocktail has a high potency level that makes it best sipped slowly.
The story behind the creation of the French 75 is a bit mysterious. One account claims that French soldiers concocted the drink in the trenches during the war. Intriguing, but unlikely. A more believable account has the drink created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris. The components of the French 75 have been debated over time as well. Some recipes have called for cognac as the base spirit, while others call for gin.
In 1930, the Savoy Cocktail Book was released with a French 75 recipe. It calls for the drink to be made with gin and served over ice, as we chose to do in our recipe. We've used homemade gin (make your own using The Homemade Gin Kit here!) as the floral notes of the homemade gin pair perfectly with champagne and lemon, but the choice is yours. Enjoy!
The French 75
Makes Two Drinks
- 2 shots homemade gin*
- 1 shot fresh lemon juice
- 1 shot simple syrup
- 2 strips of lemon zest (to garnish)
- Add the homemade gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to the Mason Shaker.
- Add ice to above the level of the liquid, and shake vigorously for 5 seconds.
- Strain the mixture into chilled Collins glasses filled with ice, and top with Champagne. Garnish with lemon zest.
*Want to make your own gin? Check out The Homemade Gin Kit online here. If you don't have homemade gin, you can substitute in your favorite brand of gin.