French 75 cocktail was, of course, invented in Paris, France!Where else could it be?After all, it does have its origin “written” all over its “name”. Actually, as weird as it sounds, this is not the reason! The first reference to be ever made for that drink was that its flavor was so intense that it felt like a “French 75mm field gun“. Its creation and first version go back to 1915 by a bartender named Harry MacElhone, in the now known to us “Harry’s New York Bar“. You will be quite surprised to know that the French 75 cocktail made also a couple of “film appearances” by starring in “A Man Betrayed“, in 1941 and “Casablanca“, in 1942.
Its main alcoholic components are Champagne and Gin, while, over the years, other variations have come to become pretty common. The most used one includes replacing Champagne with other sparkling wines like Prosecco and Cognac used instead of Gin. Its non-alcoholic parts combine simple syrup, lemon juice and a lemon peel for garnish. Although, now that I come to think of it, a Maraschino cherry garnish is pretty usual as well.
No matter what the variation, it is a tasteful and refreshing drink that will definitely give you a “kick” and have a lot of fun. The cocktail justifies its name origin to the core!
So, should we take a look at the French 75 cocktail recipe…?
- 60ml / 2 parts Champagne or another sparkling wine (ie. Prosecco)
- 30ml / 1 part Gin or Cognac
- 45ml / 1 & 1/2 parts lemon juice, fresh
- 2 dashes part simple syrup
- A lemon peel (for the garnish)
Put the gin or the cognac, the lemon juice and the simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for a bit and strain really well in a Champagne flute. Top up with the Champagne, garnish with the lemon peel and serve!