French 75 – A Classic Cocktail

french 75The French 75 is a classic cocktail that was created in France in 1915.  It was said to have the same kick as a French 75 mm field gun, which is how it got its name.  And it does pack a punch – with both gin and champagne, it is spirit-forward while still being effervescent and light –  a deliciously dangerous mix when the drinks are flowing!  Bartender extraordinaire Tim Monaghan invited us to stop by Hotel Delmano in Williamsburg to get a lesson on how to make the perfect French 75.  Check out the episode, and follow along with Tim’s recipe below.

French 75 – courtesy Tim Monaghan

  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • Champagne for topping

In your shaker, combine sugar, lemon juice, and gin.  Top with ice, shake until your shaker is frosty, and pour into a champagne glass.  Top with champagne.

*Party Tip: You can batch this for a large party by combining the same ratios of sugar, lemon juice and gin stirred vigorously in a pitcher.  Just make sure to top each glass with champagne separately as they’re served.