The French 75 is a classic cocktail that dates back to World War I. It was created by Harry MacElhone at Harry's New York Bar in Paris and named after the French 75mm field gun, due to its powerful kick. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a refreshing, bubbly drink with a touch of elegance.
The French 75 has a bright, effervescent taste with a perfect balance of sweet and sour flavors. The combination of gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup creates a tangy, refreshing base, while the champagne adds a luxurious, bubbly finish.
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Where does the name 'French 75' come from?
The drink was named 'French 75' after the 75mm Howitzer field gun that was used by the French during World War I. The cocktail was said to have such a kick that drinking it felt like being shelled with the powerful gun.
Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the French 75?
Yes, a non-alcoholic version can be made using non-alcoholic champagne or sparkling cider, non-alcoholic gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
What kind of gin works best for a French 75?
A classic London dry gin is often used in French 75, but you can experiment with different kinds of gin to see which flavor profile you prefer.
What other cocktails can I make with these ingredients?
Many other cocktails use similar ingredients. For instance, if you replace champagne with club soda and omit the lemon twist, you can make a Tom Collins. If you just use gin, lemon juice and simple syrup without the champagne, you get a Gin Sour.