About the drink
French 75 is a cocktail made from gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar. It is also called a 75 Cocktail, or in French simply a Soixante Quinze (Seventy Five).
The drink dates to World War I, and an early form was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris—later Harry's New York Bar—by barman Harry MacElhone. The combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun.
- Chilled Champagne flute
- 45ml gin
- 15ml lemon juice
- 7.5ml sugar syrup
- Lemon peel to garnish
- Add gin, lemon juice and syrup to a cocktail shaker and shake with ice until the shaker feels cold
- Taste with straw and adjust if needed and shake
- Strain into the flute and top up ¾ of flute with Champagne
- Garnish with lemon peel