A timeless cocktail, the French 75 was created sometime around World War Ⅰ.
The exact history of many vintage cocktails is pretty fuzzy, but it's generally believed that it was New York City's famous Stork Club that ultimately made it all the rage.
Named after a 75mm field gun used by the French military, American servicemen liked the drink enough to bring the recipe home.
Personally, I love the simplicity of retro cocktails. There wasn't much to work with during Prohibition, and who knew gin & champagne went so well together?
It tastes best served very cold, so make sure you chill the champagne and the glass! You'll need:
- 1-2 ounces dry gin
- .75 ounce fresh lemon juice
- .75 ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounces Champagne
- Spiraled lemon peel, twisted for garnish
Combine gin, lemon juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds.
Strain it through a strainer or a slotted spoon into a large flute glass. Top with Champagne; garnish with lemon twist & enjoy.
And if you want to be all velvet-smoking-jacket cool, you can ask for a Soixante Quinze pronounced 'swa.sɑ̃t.kɛ̃z' - that's French for seventy five ;-)