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French 75

Vintage Cocktails #21: The French 75

Created during WWI and named after the 75-millimeter M1897, a French field artillery weapon, the French 75 packs a wallop.  Some controversy surrounds this drink as some would contend that it should be made with cognac rather than gin, as cognac would have been more readily available in France at that time. However, true cocktail aficionados will hold to the drink being made with gin. I agree completely. The cognac version tastes ok, but pairing gin with lemon and champagne really brings the drink alive. Also, don’t be skimpy with the gin or lemon. It should be the base of the drink, not the icing on the top. This is a delicious summer afternoon or brunch cocktail, but beware, as a couple of these will smack you in the face like an artillery shell.

The French 75
2 oz Gin
1 oz Lemon juice
1 tsp Simple Syrup
Champagne