French 75

19 Dec


We won’t be repeating our twelve cocktails of Christmas extravaganza this year, but we did want to mark the start of the holiday season with something festive.

The French 75 (or Soixante-quinze) is apparently named after a field artillery gun, because of the punch it packs. Adam sees it as a gin and tonic for the Christmas season, a time of year when you do things like substitute champagne for tonic water…;-)

I recognise it as the inspiration for last year’s A Cocktail of Two Cities, which had the same London/Paris-gin/champagne thing going on.

A simple, elegant drink, the magic of a French 75 is in the balance of ingredients: gin, lemon juice, sugar and champagne. I went for a 2 to 1 ratio of the gin/lemon mixture to champagne.

French 75
(makes 1)

  • 2 oz London dry gin
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 5 oz Brut champagne
  • a strip of lemon peel to garnish
  1.  Whisk together the gin, caster sugar and lemon juice.
  2. Pour into a cocktail shaker filled with cracked ice and shake well.
  3. Strain into a champagne flute and top with champagne. Garnish with a strip of lemon peel.

2 Responses to “French 75”

  1. Margo December 19, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

    Sounds most festive and worthy of being the Christmas Eve cocktail. Love Adam’s clever assessment of it.

    • Andrea December 19, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

      It was very tasty indeed!

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