Sunday, June 26, 2016

London French '75'

This is the British version of the classic French '75.' The idea being that gin makes this champagne cocktail British while Cognac would be the spirit of the French originator. The London French '75' is the most popular of the two today as gin is far and away the crowd pleasing clear spirit at the dawn of the classic cocktails revival. Cognac is still the brown spirit that people know least about, except that old folks seem to like it in a snifter or with a scoop of ice cream. That's for another time, though.

The coupe glass is ideal for the French '75' drinks as it holds more liquor than a flute. And that's a good thing too. These old recipies call for 2 ounces of strong spirit, not the 3/4 oz. you'll find at bars today. Be careful when you make this one. It hits pretty hard.
  • 2 oz. London dry gin
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • champagne or sparkling wine
Combine all ingredients except champagne in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled coupe or champagne glass. Fill with chilled champagne. 

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