French 75 - Classic version
This classic cocktail has the dubious reputation of being among the most potent cocktails ever created. The crisp and refreshing combination of Gin, sparkling wine, and lemon passes the lips with ease but can certainly leave your head in the clouds. The unique name is said to be homage to the French 75mm artillery piece used with great regularity in the First World War. The drink is reputed to have a kick reminiscent to the result of being shelled by said gun! Ouch. Many versions of this classic cocktail are found in bars across the globe. Many new versions go light on the gin, which is a huge mistake in our estimation. We like the classic, full octane version served in moderation. Enjoy!
2 oz. London Dry Gin
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
4 oz. Sparkling Wine
lemon twist for garnish
You can serve this drink at anytime but for me it's one of the ultimate apertifs quenching thirst while stimulating the apetite.
Add the first three ingredients, along with a handful of ice, to a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a coupe, Champagne flute, or perhaps a Collins glass filled half with ice. Top with the sparkling wine and garnish with lemon twist.
There are many opportunities to swap in different Gins and sparkling wines. You can even mix-up the colors with a pink or rouge sparkling wine.