There’s some debate about whether a French 75 should call for gin or cognac. The drink‘s name comes from the 75-millimeter cannons used in World War I. “The Lafayette Escadrille were an allied fighter pilot outfit made up of American and French military who would drink cognac and Champagne after successful air raids and toast to the French 75 cannon for their safety.” Some say that Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, also in the pro-Cognac camp, is responsible making the drink popular. Today it’s more common to see the cocktail made with gin. As much as I love a fancy drink, I also love something pretty to serve it in. I found these vintage glasses for $5 each at Bluebird and the homemade croissant comes from Pawleys Island Bakery!
You will need:
1½ ounces gin
¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
¾ ounce simple syrup
2 ounces Champagne
Lemon peel for garnish
Combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds.
Pour into flute and top with Champagne, garnish with lemon.