3 cl of gin
1,5 cl of lemon juice
0,5 cl of sugar syrup
6 cl of Champagne wine
French 75 is a classic pre-dinner cocktail, a delicious drink part of the big family of 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 filled 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 you have to use Champagne instead of soda. A simple variant that completely transforms the cocktail into a stunning concentrate of freshness and minerality. Mmh sounds good.
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, 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
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.