How to make:
SHAKE first three ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass. TOP with champagne.
Lemon zest twist
Fresh, clean, sophisticated - very drinkable and hasn't dated.
Legend has it that the drink was created by Harry MacElhone at his Harry's American Bar, Paris, in 1925 and was named after the 75mm Howitzer field gun used by the French army during the First World War (1914 to 1918). However, like other drinks in the first (1919) edition of Harry's own book, The ABC of Mixing Drinks, he credits the drink to Macgarry of Buck's Club, London, England.
This drink's creation is now sometimes attributed to the USA during the Prohibition era (1920-1933). Although the Howitzer was mounted on American tanks, our issues with the American origin theory are that the Great War was well over by the time Prohibition started and we question whether an American, now or then, would name a drink after a metric measurement. Being Brits, we favour The French 75 being an English drink that grew in popularity in France during the Prohibition era and found its way to the US with returning officers.
Arnaud's French 75 bar in New Orleans’ French Quarter chooses to make its eponymous cocktail with cognac rather than gin, in honour of what it takes as its French origins.