The French 75 cocktail, or the soixante quinze, was originally made with Cognac but in more recent times, it has become popular to use gin. The drink is a combination of gin, lemon juice and simple syrup, shaken with ice and topped with Champagne.
The French 75 is refreshing, light, a little tart and sparkling, a versatile drink to make when entertaining guests. It makes a great brunch cocktail, goes down easily in the afternoon and adds a festive touch as a sparkling drink to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
Named after the French made 75-millimetre guns used during World War I, the French 75 Cocktail was said to have a combination of ingredients that deliver a strong kick as if the imbiber was hit by the powerful gun.
Glassware: champagne flute
Garnish: lemon twist