The French 75 is one of my favorite Champagne cocktails. To be honest, I don’t usually make it with actual Champage, like Veuve Clicquot, but a dry sparkling wine like prosecco or cava. Otherwise, because I love Champagne just as it is, I would never make this cocktail. Plus, you save money. Win all around.
This cocktail can be traced to the early 20th century and was named after an hard-hitting World War I artillery piece, the French 75.
According to wikipedia:
[The French 75] was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris—-later Harry’s New York Bar—-by barman Harry MacElhone. The combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun, also called a “75 Cocktail”, or “Soixante Quinze” in French. The French 75 was popularized in America at the Stork Club in New York.
Sometimes you will see this recipe with less gin, but since it’s named for a powerful hard-hitting gun, I say go for the gin!
2 ounces dry gin
1 teaspoon superfine sugar
1/2 ounce lemon juice
5 ounces Brut Champagne or another dry sparkling wine
Combine first three ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake and strain into a chilled glass. Top with Champagne and garnish with lemon twist.