Several years ago I yearned for something a bit unique for the New Year; something more than ‘just’ a glass of Champagne but not what has become my standard of simply adding Champagne to a liqueur, either. I’ve done that a lot over many holiday seasons with the cranberry liqueur I make. I love it, but it was time for something new, something even more elegant.
This was it; the French 75. The 75-MM M1897, a mainstay of the French field artillery in WWI, was a potent little gun and this is a solid namesake—it’s a potent little drink!
There are variations to this drink including the use of Cognac in lieu of gin and some pour it over ice in a Collins glass. I prefer mine shaken and poured straight up so that it doesn’t get diluted!
Although this recipe calls for Champagne, truth be told I seldom buy the French bubbly…maybe that’s a sacrilege when making this French namesake cocktail but the price point can be a killer if I’m entertaining and I need something for a crowd. So for me it’s usually Prosecco from Italy or Cava from Spain or even a good sparkling wine from California.
Simple, beautiful and bubbly…I think the perfect cocktail to toast any special occasion.
French 75 (Serves 2)
- 3 ounces gin
- 3 ounces fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon superfine granulated sugar or simple syrup
- 1 1/2 cups ice cubes
- 1 cup chilled Champagne, Cava or Prosecco
- Lemon twists for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, sugar, and ice cubes and shake to chill.
- Strain cocktails into 2 champagne flutes and top off with champagne.
- Garnish glass with a lemon twist.