75 in French: The French 75

In French it’s actually only called Soixante Quinze, or seventy-five. So basically, in English, we’re announcing that it’s in French and then just saying “75” after that: “75 in French” – go figure. Regardless, it’s apparently named after a 75-mm field gun used in World War I, and became a symbol of victory. It’s also known as a Collins that uses champagne instead of club soda.

Anyway, despite its linkages to human weapons of war and America’s tireless diminution of the French, this is one of my favorite cocktails. It’s a go-to that’s not one of those annoying ones that requires a special syrup or foreign liquor, or any extravagant preparation techniques; meaning, even if you request it at a bar and they don’t know what you’re talking about, they should be able to put it together for you with bar staples.

French 75

2 parts gin
1 part champagne
1/2 part lemon juice
1/2 part simple syrup

opt. garnish: a lemon twist and/or a Luxardo maraschino cherry (article coming soon on the important difference between Luxardo and the neon maraschino cherries you’re likely used to seeing)

Shaker for shaking
Jigger for measuring
Hawthorne strainer for straining
Tea strainer for double-staining
Champagne flute for serving

Jigger your gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake. Do not add champagne to this (looking at you, Ma.) Once cold, double strain into your champagne flute, and top with champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist and/or a Luxardo maraschino.



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