I love French 75 cocktails because they are so easy to make with ingredients you have on hand and when you sip a French 75 there is no doubt you are sipping a cocktail worth sipping…the potency of this cute little sipper may sneak up on you! So enjoy!
The French 75 Cocktail gets its name from the French Army’s 75-millimeter light field gun that they used during World War I, the same time that the cocktail was invented. It was named after this gun because it packed a powerful punch with gin, applejack brandy, grenadine and lemon juice (according to Difford’s Guide). Several iterations later, this cocktail is now made with gin, lemon juice, simple syrup (or powdered sugar) and champagne. The French bartender who invented this cocktail named it “Soixante-Quinze” which translates to “Seventy Five”.
Classic French 75
- 1 to 2 ounces gin
- 1 teaspoon simple syrup
- 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 4 ounces Champagne
- Lemon twist for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes, pour the gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Cover and shake vigorously. Place a few small ice cubes in a chilled Champagne flute. Strain the cocktail into the Champagne flute. Top with Champagne. Garnish with lemon peel twist.