French 125 (French '75' with cognac) Jones' 1977 recipe

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Ingredients

Barware

Collins glass
Measuring jigger
Bar spoon
Shaker
Strainer

Flavour Profile

Gentle
Boozy
Sweet
Sour

Nutrition

There are approximately 282 calories in one serving of French 125 (French '75' with cognac) Jones' 1977 recipe.

Styles & Flavours

French 125 (French '75' with cognac) Jones' 1977 recipe image

Serve in a

Collins glass

Garnish:

Lemon zest twist

How to make:

STIR powdered sugar with lemon juice in base of shaker until sugar dissolves. Add bourbon, SHAKE with ice and strain into ice-filled glass. TOP with champagne and lightly stir.

1 fl oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
3 spoon Powdered sugar (or use 5ml of 2:1 sugar syrup per spoon)
1 1/2 fl oz Cognac VSOP
3 fl oz Brut Champagne
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Our review:

Jones' original 1977 built in the glass recipe, which consists: 2oz/60ml cognac, 1oz/30ml lemon juice and 2 spoons sugar, topped with champagne, is a powerful drink. Hence, we hope Jones would approve of our tweaking his recipe. The result still has plenty of oomph behind it, but with the extra dilution of shaking, is a tad more harmonious.

History:

A cognac based version of the gin based French 75 cocktail, which was named after the French 75mm field gun used by the French army during WWI. This cognac version is appropriately named after another gun, the tank mounted Soviet 2A46 (also called D-81T) 125mm/L48 smoothbore cannon. This recipe is adapted from a recipe in Stanley M. Jones' 1977 book Jones Complete Barguide, modern French 125 recipes tend to be served straight-up in a flute glass.

More information on the history and variants of the French 75 can be found on our page.

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