The French 75 cocktail, also known as the 75 cocktail, is a drink that dates back to the first World War. I was originally created at the New York Bar in Paris by Harry MacElhone. The drink gets its name from the kick given by the blend of gin and champagne, which is said to feel like being shelled with a French 75mm field gun. The drink is served in a champagne flute.

What you need to make the French 75

For the drink
  • 30 ml gin
  • 2 dashes simple syrup
  • 15 ml lemon juice
  • 60 ml champagne
  • Ice cubes

How to make

  1. Combine the gin, simple syrup and lemon juice in an ice filled cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake vigorously, then strain into a champagne flute.
  3. Top up the drink with champagne, then stir gently.

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