French 75

Difford's Guide
Discerning Drinkers (189 ratings)

Serve in

Flute glass

Garnish:

Lemon zest twist on rim

How to make:

STIR powdered sugar with lemon juice in base of shaker until sugar dissolves. Add gin, SHAKE with ice and fine strain into chilled glass. TOP with champagne and lightly stir. (Consider pouring half the champagne into the glass first to help reduce foaming.)

1/2 fl oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1 12 barspoon Powdered sugar (white sugar ground in mortar and pestle) (or use 5ml of 2:1 sugar syrup per spoon)
1 1/2 fl oz Hayman's London Dry Gin
2 1/2 fl oz Brut champagne or sparkling wine
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Review:

Fresh, clean, sophisticated – dangerously quaffable.

The use of powdered sugar instead of sugar syrup adds an attractive sherbet note to this cocktail. However, the drink also works well with sugar syrup – use ¼oz/7.5ml sugar syrup in place of the 1½ spoons of powdered sugar.

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.
"75" Cocktail (MacElhone's 1926 recipe) - with calvados, dry gin, grenadine and absinthe.
French 75 (Judge Jr's 1927 recipe) - with lemon juice, powdered sugar, dry gin and champagne.

History:

Prior to the 1980s/90s, the French 75 cocktail was a long cocktail, served in an ice-filled Collins glass. This modern flute serve has become the norm while the Collins version has been all but forgotten.
See: French 75 history.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.6 standard drinks
  • 16.45% alc./vol. (32.9° proof)
  • 22.2 grams of pure alcohol
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