I saw a few tweets today about the French 75, which reminded me that although I have read about it many times, I never tried one. I would imagine that happens a lot with guys and cocktails involving champagne. It’s maybe not the manliest ingredient out there, but then again, a drink named after a cannon couldn’t be that wimpy.
So just what’s in this thing anyway?
- 2 oz gin (Martin Miller’s)
- 1 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp simple syrup (or 2 tsp superfine sugar)
- 1 oz Champagne (Toques & Clochers Sparkling Wine)
- Lemon twist
How to make it:
- Add the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup (or sugar) to an iced cocktail shaker and shake vigorously until a frost develops on the shaker.
- Strain into a champagne flute
- Top with champagne and garnish with the lemon twist.
The flavors of the French 75 are delightful. For something that’s mostly booze, it’s still light and refreshing. The Martin Miller’s flavor profile meshes nicely with citrus and the sparkling wine–not too junipery, but not “wet” either.
If you enjoy sparking wine, you will likely enjoy this classic cocktail tremendously.