The French 75, also known as “75 Cocktail” or “Soixante Quinze” in French, was created by Harry MacElhone of Harry’s New York Bar in 1915. It was said that this mixed cocktail has a powerful kick that it felt that you’ve been shelled by the powerful French 75mm artillery gun, thus its name. This drink was later on popularized at the Stork Club in America.
This cocktail was first recorded in 1930 by The Savoy Cocktail book with gin as its primary ingredient. However, David Embury claimed on this book, The Fine Arts of Mixing Drink, that French 75 uses cognac as its base.
- 1 ¼ oz gin
- ¼ oz simple syrup (or 2 tsp superfine sugar)
- ¼ oz lemon juice
- Champagne or dry sparkling wine
- Combine gin, syrup and lemon juice in a mixing glass filled with ice.
- Shake and strain into a champagne glass.
- Fill it in with champagne
- Garnish with a lemon twist.