75 Cocktail (MacElhone's 1926 recipe)

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Discerning Drinkers (57 ratings)

Serve in a

Coupe glass

Garnish:

Lemon zest twist (discarded) & star anise

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

1 1/3 fl oz Calvados / apple brandy / straight applejack
2/3 fl oz Hayman's London Dry Gin
1/6 fl oz Grenadine/pomegranate syrup
2 dash La Fée Parisienne absinthe
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Review:

Like the gun this cocktail is named after, this small cocktail packs a hell of a punch, and to ensure it does, MacElhone calls for a couple of dashes of absinthe in place of the lemon juice used in earlier Soixante-Quinze (Seventy-Five) recipes. The result is a dry, spirituous drink.

Variant:

Soixante-Quinze (1915 Washington Herald recipe) - with dry gin, applejack bonded, grenadine and lemon juice.
"75" Cocktail (Vermeire's 1922 recipe) - with dry gin, calvados, lemon juice and grenadine.
French 75 (Judge Jr's 1927 recipe) - with lemon juice, powdered sugar, dry gin and champagne.
French 75 (late-1980s/90s incarnation) - with lemon juice, powdered sugar, dry gin and champagne.
French 75 (Difford's recipe) - served in a gun cartridge-like Colins glass, this combines Robert Vermeire's 1922 recipe with the cognac and champagne now synonymous with the French 75.

History:

Adapted from a recipe in Harry MacElhone's's 1926 Harry ABC of Mixing Cocktails.

248. " 75 " Cocktail.
1 teaspoon Grenadine, 2 dashes of Absinthe or Anis-del-Oso, 2/3 Calvados, 1/3 Gin.
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.
(This cocktail was very popular in France during the war, and named after the French light field gin.)

Harry MacElhone, 1926

See: French 75 history.

Nutrition:

One serving of 75 Cocktail (MacElhone's 1926 recipe) contains 173 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.4 standard drinks
  • 30.31% alc./vol. (60.62° proof)
  • 19.9 grams of pure alcohol
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