French 75 Recipe

Posted in Gin on February 28, 2014

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Just before you start preparing this cocktail, there is something you should know about it: it was named after a very potent small French gun known as 75-millimeter M1897. This was used by the French army in the First World War and it was indeed very strong. The same can be said about the cocktail that was named after it. It is refreshing and delicious, but it has an amazing strength. One cocktail is enough to get the party started and two cocktails might be too much. However, don’t let this discourage you from trying to prepare it. You’ll enjoy the result if you like the combination between champagne and spirits.

The French 75 is believed to have been invented by an American who opened a New York Bar in Paris. After the First World War ended, he came back to the United States and brought the recipe with him. The drink became highly popular and it is still in use today. Back when it was initially invented, the French 75 contained cognac. The inventor was, after all, in France. Nowadays the cognac was replaced with gin. Some say that the gin version is better than the original one. However, you can use either gin or cognac, depending on your preferences. This is not the only controversy regarding the recipe: some versions use Cointreau while others don’t have this ingredient. Some experts add sugar, while others don’t.  After all, you can prepare the one that you like the best. However, don’t experiment with the recipes in the same night: one a time.

The Recipe for French 75

You need the following ingredients:

  • 2 oz. of gin (here is where you can replace the gin with the cognac).
  • ½ oz. of lemon juice.
  • ½ oz. of Cointreau.
  • Champagne.
  • Ice cubes.

Put all the ingredients in the shaker and shake them well. Strain them in a champagne flute and add the champagne. Enjoy!

Some experts argue that it is a shame to add Cointreau to such a drink. Instead of the Cointreau they add a tsp. of sugar. Other than that, the preparation method is the same.

There is also a vodka based drink similar with French 75. It obviously uses vodka instead of gin or cognac and it is known as French 76.

One more thing: the French 75 tastes better if it is served in chilled glasses. It is a strong drink indeed, but its refreshing character makes it perfect for summer nights.

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