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How To Make A French 75

Gin, Champagne, lemon and sugar.

Light and fizzy

One of the better balanced Champagne cocktails, the juniper and citrus cut through the sugar superbly

The French 75 is a delightfully elegant tipple dating back to the glamourous days of early 20th century drinking. As with most cocktails though, the history is somewhat cloudy. The best known story places its creation at Harry’s American Bar in Paris in 1925 where Harry MacElhone himself apparently concocted the drink and named it after the 75mm Howitzer gun used by France in WWI.

"Of all the many champagne-and-liquor combinations known to contemporary mixology, this one has the most élan. Two of these and you'd fight to defend Madonna's honor." - David Wondrich.

Yet when asked about the French 75 Harry credited the drink to one Macgarry of Buck’s Club in London. Further still some now argue it’s an American drink invented during Prohibition.

We may never know how the French 75 came into being. What is certain however is the drinks popularity and longevity. 

To order your bartender will need gin, fresh lemon juice, sugar syrup and sparkling wine. 

Make it at home:

Prep Time: 5 minutes   |   Serves: 1   |  Skill: Easy

25ml gin   |   15ml fresh lemon juice   |   20ml sugar syrup   |   Champagne   |   Cubed ice to shake   |   1 maraschino cherry to garnish

Cocktail shaker   |   Hawthorne strainer   |   Champagne flute

1. Pour the gin, sugar syrup and lemon juice into one half of your cocktail shaker
2. Fill this with ice
3. Cover and shake well until thoroughly chilled
4. Strain into a Champagne flute
5. Pour in Champagne until the glass is nearly full
6. Garnish with a maraschino cherry