French 75 is a cocktail made from gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar. It is also called a 75 Cocktail, or in French simply a Soixante Quinze. The drink dates to World War I, and an early form was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris—later Harry’s New York Bar—by barman Harry MacElhone.
- 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 peel from 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 twist at least 6 inches long. Garnish the drink with a twist and serve immediately.