We love a classic cocktail, and the French 75 has been a favorite of mine for years. It’s fun and festive, and it will be on the menu at our 10th Anniversary Party this Saturday (10/11 from 12 to 4) at Binny’s Lincoln Park, too, so if you haven’t had one yet, come join us and have one then!
Attributed to the New York Bar (now Harry’s New York Bar) in Paris, it was created during World War I and named after a French machine gun, as they both were light, but packed a big punch! Whip one up when you’re feeling decadent, or just pop on over to Harry’s in Paris and order yourself a Soixante Quinze!
The French 75
1½ oz Distiller’s Gin No. 6
¼ oz Fresh Lemon
¼ oz Simple Syrup
(we like a fairly dry bubbly for this, check the sweetness of it first, then adjust the balance of the cocktail ingredients accordingly)
Shake gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice. Strain into a coupe glass or champagne flute, and top with chilled sparkling wine. Garnish with lemon curl.
Some great variations:
We also love it as a French “76” with Sol Chamomile Citrus!
Try honey syrup in place of simple, for a richer flavor
à votre santé!