Happy Hour: The French 75

A classic summer cocktail with just the right amount of kick.

In the 1920’s, the French 75 was popularized at the Stork Club in New York City. It was originally created with cognac, which has since been replaced by gin. It’s a light cocktail with just enough punch, yet still delicate to serve as an excellent aperitif. It’s appearance in the film Casablanca, helped drive the popularity of such a high class drink. Also, it’s recipe being published in the classic Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails, by Harry MacElhone.

Although the ingredients have shifted multiple times over the years, the recipe is now widely agreed upon. Sip this one at a sidewalk cafe as you enjoy a book or some nice conversation.

What you’ll need:

1.5 oz Gin

.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

.5 oz Simple Syrup

Mix all three ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain the contents into a champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine or champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.


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