The French 75 cocktail is a classic French invention, whose roots can be traced all the way back to World War I. It was created by French soldiers who wanted some kick in their champagne and so, combined with the popular French spirit of gin, they made the French 75; an invigorating fruity drink with just a hint of sparkle. Funnily enough, this powerful blend got its name from a French-made canon; French soldiers compared their experience of drinking it to being shelled by the French 75 – oof! But don’t let that put you off; this classic cocktail has kept its place on menus and in hearts for almost a century, thanks to its wonderfully diverse flavors and effects. A must-try for any cocktail lover.
- 2 oz Gin
- 2 oz Sparkling Wine (brut Champagne)
- 1-2 oz Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
- 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Using a zester or paring knife, slice the peel from the lemon in a long, thin spiral. Reserve lemon for another use and set peel aside. In a cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Strain into a chilled Champagne flute and top with sparkling wine. Curl lemon peel around the finger to create a twist at least 6 inches long. Garnish the drink with a twist and serve immediately.
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