Even though it may sound like a dainty little drink, this potent marriage of gin and bubbly is name after a giant gun ~ the French 75mm gun ~ used in the First World War. Evidently the cocktail was rumored to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful field gun right in the gut.
Simply named 75 (Soixante Quinze in French), the original recipe differed slightly in that it was served over cracked ice in a tall glass, similar to a Tom Collins, with champagne replacing the soda.
An early form of the French 75 was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris. Years later in 1942, it was popularized in America at the Stork Club in New York City, and appeared in the cult classic movie “Casablanca” that same year. It is referenced twice in the John Wayne films A Man Betrayed (1941) and Jet Pilot (1957.)
Combine gin with fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, champagne, and cracked ice; shake and strain into a champagne flute, top with champagne, add a lemon twist for garnish, and…
Have a safe
Happy New Year!