The French 75 is a classic cocktail that consists of gin, champagne, simple syrup, and lemon juice. The cocktail dates back to 1915 when it earned it’s name for packing a punch like a 75mm artillery gun from World War I. If that’s not the most badass reputation then I don’t know what is.
I use Prosecco for my version since it’s much cheaper and I can’t taste the difference anyway. Patty and I went to a prohibition cocktail bar in Nashua called ‘Codex’ that serves lot’s of awesome classic cocktails. It’s completely hidden from the outside and to enter, you have to walk through a hidden door that looks like a book case. It’s really cool. Anyway, that’s where we first tried the French 75. It’s an awesome summer cocktail that is light, fizzy, and crisp while still delivering a kick. The Prosecco also makes this floral cocktail a great addition to brunch. This is hands down my new favorite drink served in a champagne glass.
- 1½ ounces gin
- ¾ ounce lemon juice
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- 3 oz champagne or prosecco
- Combine the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a champagne glass.
- Top with 3 oz of champagne or Prosecco and serve with a lemon peel.
Recipe credit: Epicurious