The French 75 is the first caliber in a series of drinks named after old school military artillery pieces. This originally European champagne cocktail is a lovely integration of bubbles and smooth citrus, and dates from the period of World War I. It is made with dry gin. We will move up to the higher caliber cocktails later, such as the 95 and the 125, made with different base spirits. As with all cocktails, the quality of ingredients matter. Use fresh juices whenever possible, and while we do not recommend a high-priced vintage Champagne for this drink, also avoid the cheaper bulk sparklers.
The French “75”
1 and 1/2 oz dry gin
1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
Pour gin, lemon juice and simple syrup into a tall glass half filled with ice cubes. Stir to combine and top with champagne. To experience the full flavor of the drink, keep the ratio of champagne fairly low. If you’re celebrating or want to enhance the bubbly aspect, keep pouring.
Tomorrow: A little strawberry in my gin.
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HOW TO MAKE A SIMPLE SYRUP CLICK HERE