11 Dec The French 75
- 2 oz Gin — London dry gin of choice
- 1 teaspoon fine sugar
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 5 oz Brut champagne/Prosecco/Cava
- Collins glass
Shake well with cracked ice in a chilled cocktail shaker, then strain into a Collins glass half-full of cracked ice and top off with champagne/sparkling wine.
The Wondrich Take:
The 75-millimeter M1897, a light, potent little gun with a vicious rate of fire, was the mainstay of the French field artillery in World War I. Hence the drink. Of all the many champagne-and-liquor combinations known to contemporary mixology, this one has the most élan. Two of these and you’d fight to defend Madonna’s honor. The drink was a favorite of the Lost Generation — hell, there’s enough alcohol in it to give even Hemingway a buzz.
Most modern recipes lowball the gin; one online compendium cuts it down to 1/4 ounce. For shame. Nor should one adulterate this old soldier with Cointreau or the like. No shame, however, in leaving out the gin entirely — as long as you replace it with brandy or cognac (yielding a King’s Peg, although often recipes for these omit the lemon and sugar).