Ring in the New Year with a French 75!



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.  


The Canon de 75 modèle 1897 the source of the name of the cocktail


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…




Voila! 
A French 75! 






Ring in 2018 with this classy cocktail!




Cheers!

French 75

A potent marriage of dry gin and bubbly.

ingredients:

  • 1½ OUNCES London dry GIN
  • ¾ OUNCE LEMON JUICE
  • ½ OUNCE SIMPLE SYRUP
  • 3 OZ CHAMPAGNE

instructions:

  1. Combine the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and strain into a champagne flute.
  2. Top with 3 oz of champagne and serve with a lemon peel for garnish.





Have a safe
&
Happy New Year!





47 comments:

  1. You too have a safe and very happy New Year, Pam!

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  2. Happy New Year! Enjoy your very historic drink. I'll have to look for it the next time we watch Casablanca.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Mae! Good plan you have with Casablanca, great movie!

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    1. This cocktail probably brings out the best in each of its ingredients (dry gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, champagne), and the one that drinks it feels like getting shelled by a french 75 mm field gun.

      Happy New Year!

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    2. Thanks, Duta! Yes, it's good for champagne and gin lovers! Happy New Year!

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  4. that sounds pretty good! Happy New Year Pam!!!!! Looking forward to see what you are cooking up for 2018.

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  5. Thanks, Leslie! Happy New Year to you! Looking forward to seeing all your projects in the new year!

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  6. I've not heard of the drink. I'll have to give it a try...but I think it should be at home. :D Have a wonderful New Year Pam.

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    1. Thanks, Karen! Yes, home is best probably! Happy New Year!

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  7. Pam, My wife would like this bubbly drink but I'll stick with Jack Daniels, a good bourbon or Scotch...or maybe even a beer. Wishing You and Yours a Happy, Healthy and Amazing New Year! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Hi Dave! I get you, Bill says the same! Happy New Year to you also!

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  8. I would love one, thank you very much! Happy New Year, Pam!

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    1. Wish I could serve one to you, Debra! Happy New Year!

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  9. A perfect cocktail for tonight! Happy, happy New Year, Pam!!!

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  10. This sounds like a tasty drink! Wishing you a Happy New Year Pam!!! Hope 2018 is a great year for you!

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    1. Thanks, Dawn! It's perfect for the day! Happy New Year to you and the best in 2018!

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  11. Sounds great on a frigid night at home! Happy New Year, Pam.
    ~Judy

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    1. You're right, Judy! At home and it is frigid, around 0°! Happy New Year!

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  12. Sounds interesting.

    Happy New Year!!

    M : )

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    1. Hi Melinda! Thanks and Happy New Year!

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  13. I've never heard of this, though I've seen Casablanca more times than I can count. I'm sure it would knock me on my rear. Happy and healthy new year wishes!

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    1. Hi Carol! It does have a kick to it! I'll have to watch Casablanca yet again for sure to see the drink. Happy New Year and the best to you!

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  14. What a fab drink to have! Looks really delicious. Little type in your French word, it is "quinze", not quince ;-) Wishing you a wonderful 2018!

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    1. Thanks, Evelyne! Changed that, I typed the Spanish 15 for whatever reason. Happy New Year, wishing you the best!

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  15. i'm a pansy when it comes to alcohol, so i might not even be able to handle this, but it certainly is elegant and appropriate for the occasion! happy new year!

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    1. I know what you mean, Grace! Hope all is well and Happy New Year!

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  16. Love this drink -- SO GOOD! Fun post -- thanks. And Happy New Year!

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    1. Great, thanks, John! Happy New Year!

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  17. This drink looks like one I'd really enjoy! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! It's a good one! Happy New Year!

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  18. What a fascinating cocktail - and I've never heard of it before - must be living under a rock! Hope you had a wonderful holiday season Pam and wish you a very Happy New Year! Stay warm :)

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    1. Thanks, Tricia! Happy New Year to you! It is all of 8° here this afternoon! Can't wait for it to get above freezing. :-) Take care

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  19. For years I never touched most hard liquors except for using vodka as a mixer because I just couldn't get into the taste of whiskeys and the like. This past year I discovered gin. I have been drinking way more gin cocktails. I'm excited to try this one now because I love bubbly as well. Thanks for sharing and helping me achieve my new year resolution of drinking more gin!

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    1. Ha! That's a unique new year resolution for sure, sounds good to me! Gin and bubbly rule right now! Hope you enjoy it, it's gin stepped up a notch, perfectly! Thanks for the visit!

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  20. My hubby loves gin martinis but for some reason I don't like gin. Perhaps the problem was getting sick on gin gimlets a few decades ;) Such a pretty glass!

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  21. Hi Susan! That would definitely do it for me too! Thanks and take care.

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