Popular history says the French 75 was first concocted by English soldiers fighting in France during World War I. The soldiers took the only raw ingredients they had on hand, allegedly, and combined gin, fresh lemon juice, sugar, and Champagne, and served the whole concoction in a 75 mm artillery
shell. The other belief has the drink originating in Harry McElhone’s “New York Bar” in bar Paris. And then there is the recipe quandary where the recipes differ on the base spirit and even the glassware and ice/no ice debate. My suggestion: Try them all!
1 1/2 oz Gin
3/4 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Simple Syrup (to taste)
3 - 4 oz 🍾 Champagne (alternatively Prosecco or Sparkling Wine)
Lemon twist garnish
📝 There are those that shake this cocktail & then do a pour-over, mine is stirred & pour over cocktail.
Combine the first 3 ingredients into a mixing glass, add ice and stir for 30+ seconds.
Pour the contents into a chilled flute and top with champagne pour over. Garnish with a lemon 🍋 twist.
Alternatively, a chilled wine glass filled with ice will work too.