French ‘75 cocktail recipe

Simplicity is something that many classic cocktails have in common

Tim Robinson
Monday 06 October 2014 10:51
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Although The Bellini might be the best-known champagne cocktail, the French '75 is an all-time classic – and some would argue more delicious. Sophisticated, elegant and refreshing, with plenty of poke worthy of its name.

Named after the French "Canon de 75 modèle 1897", a ruthless and efficient weapon from the First World War, this stunning aperitif is likely to have been created by Harry MacElhone at Harry's American Bar, Paris, in 1925.

Simplicity is something that many classic cocktails have in common, and the combination of a good Dry Gin, a beautiful Champagne, some freshly squeezed lemon juice and a hint of sugar is the definition of simplicity. The subtle complexity of the ingredients complement each other without being overpowered.

45ml Dry Gin

10ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

5ml sugar syrup (or a small teaspoon of superfine sugar)

Top up with Champagne

SHAKE the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup with cubed ice. STRAIN into a Champagne Flute, top up with champagne & garnish with a twist of lemon.

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