It’s called the French 75 and, no, I’ve never heard of it either, but we tried this recipe on the weekend and wow, it’s a keeper. Perfect for sipping on a Friday night.
Created in 1915 in New York the recipe apparently had such a kick that it felt like you were being shelled by the powerful French 75mm artillery field gun. It’s also called the Soixante Quinze which is a much more elegant name, in my opinion.
- 1/3 cup of sugar
- 1/3 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of gin
- 3 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
- 1 bottle of well-chilled champagne (we used cava)
- garnish of lemon
Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool. Add gin and chill till cold. (Can be made ahead to this point) Add the fresh lemon juice and mix. In a champagne flute add 2 tbsp of the gin syrup and top up with champagne, garnish with lemon.
There was an evening last summer when we were all together at the cottage after one of those perfect long Nova Scotia beach days. You know the kind that helps you make it through the winter… or April. We were sipping the most amazing gin and tonics and life was pretty near perfect. That’s what this cocktail recipe conjured up for me.