Picture this: you, at a bar. A nice bar. Dim lights. Low to moderate noise level of music & conversations. Perhaps you’ve just had your hair done or have a new favorite outfit on. Perhaps you’re with a partner, a lover, a friend. Perhaps you’re with the best date of all, yourself.
You neatly slide onto a barstool, slip into an armchair, or sidle up to the bar (I don’t know, this is your bar now). You decide you want a treat, something that takes a little skill to make, something that will be served in a glass as elegant as the evening. Something classic, but a little bit obscure. You scan the bar menu card, already knowing what your heart desires. A French 75, mon amour.
The French 75 (Soixante Quinze, if you want to be thoroughly French about it) dates back to World War I, when it was created by Harry MacElhone of Harry’s New York Bar. It’s named after the French 75mm field gun, given its strong kick. If you are familiar with a Tom Collins, you’ll recognize this recipe (Champagne replaces the sparkling water).
It’s one of those drinks that can’t help be a little sexy. It has herbal, citrus, and sparkly layers. It’s strong, made for sipping and appreciating. Just like you!
Ingredients & Method:
60ml (2 oz) gin
30ml (1 oz) lemon juice
8g (2 tsp) sugar
Thin twist of lemon & cocktail cherry, for garnish
Shake gin, lemon juice, and sugar over ice in a cocktail shaker until well-chilled (10-15 seconds). Strain into a Champagne flute or coupe. Top with Champagne & garnish with lemon twist & cocktail cherry, mon chéri.