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DharMag March 2016 French 75: recipe, ingredients and history of the great Champagne cocktail

French 75 cocktail recipe, ingredients and doses, sparkling cocktail aperitif French 75 is a classic pre-dinner cocktail, a delicious drink that is part of the big family of the sparkling cocktails, made with sparkling (really?) water or wine. In this case, once again we have to deal, luckily, with the prince of wines: Champagne.

The French 75 recipe is unique, one of the few cases in which the lemon juice is mixed (successfully) with wine: gin, sugar, lemon juice and then fill up with Champagne.

And the more observant among you may have noticed the similarity with the legendary Tom Collins cocktail and the base is the same, except that instead of soda you have to use Champagne. A simple variant that completely transforms the cocktail in a stunning concentrate of freshness and minerality. Mmh sounds good, right?

We could say that the French 75 is a French Tom Collins, a more refined, extra luxury version. Perhaps you should uncork your precious 2004 Crystal to make a French 75, but if you have an “entry-level” Champagne is worth trying.

If you want to give a particular aspect to the drink, uncorked a pink Champagne and the surprise effect is guaranteed!

The first written recipe appeared in 1930 in that jewel, for every cocktail fan, that is the Savoy Cocktail Book. It seems that the name refers to a piece of French artillery used in World War I, but there is no reliable information about the history of this drink.

French 75 cocktail ingredients

  • 3 cl gin
  • 1.5 cl fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar or syrup
  • 6 cl of Champagne

How to prepare the perfect French 75 cocktail

Squeeze the lemon and strain the juice.

Fill the shaker with ice and pour gin, sugar and lemon juice.

Shake vigorously for 12 seconds and then pour into a champagne flute filtering and fill with Champagne.

Garnish with a lemon rind and a raspberry, for a touch of color.

Great Gin Cocktail you should try

If you like cocktails made with gin you could make also: Gin Tonic, Black Mamba Kiss, Paradise, Tom Collins, Heidi, Bramble, cocktail Pino, Negroni, Gin Fizz, Vesper Martini, Tuxedo, Dry Martini.

French 75 food pairings

Once again the choice falls on fish and shellfish, but thanks to the solid presence of gin, you could pair it with spicy dishes, smoked salmon and Indian cuisine. Recommended dishes: mixed paella, fish couscous, fish kebabs, sea bass salt crust.

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