What Is a French 75?
The French 75 is a classic cocktail Champagne cocktail attributed to a bartender named Harry MacElhone at the New York Bar in Paris. According to the legend, Harry MacElhone thought that living life in the mad swirl of World War I merited a hybrid between a Champagne cocktail and a gin cocktail.
Originally, the French 75 was served in a highball glass, but the French 75s of today are more likely served in a flute. Different riffs within the recipe have been popular throughout the cocktail’s history: Cognac for gin, for example, or a dash of absinthe.
French 75 Cocktail Recipe
Prep Time5 min
Total Time5 min
- 2 ounces dry gin
- ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
- ¼ ounce simple syrup
- Sparkling wine, like Champagne, prosecco, or cava, to fill
- Cracked or crushed ice, optional
- In a cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup; fill with ice, and shake vigorously.
- Strain into a chilled Champagne flute or highball glass (partly filled with ice, if preferred).
- Top with sparkling wine until filled. Garnish with a lemon twist.
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