The French 75

This classic World War I cocktail was created in 1915 in Paris at Harry’s New York Bar. It was named the French 75 because drinkers thought the libation was so powerful that drinking it was like being shot by a French 75mm howitzer. Well, I don’t exactly know what that feels like, but this cocktail definitely packs a punch. Depending on the proportion of simple syrup to lemon juice you prefer, you can make this one sour or sweet, but I’d suggest starting off with a 1:1 ratio. The Here’s how it goes:

1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. gin
(preferably brut or extra brut)
Lemon peel

Pour the first three ingredients listed in an ice-filled highball glass. Add the Champagne until the glass is full. Stir, and add the lemon as a garnish.

The French 75


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