French 75 is a refreshing and elegant champagne cocktail originating from France. This classic drink is perfect for a festive occasion or as a refreshing aperitif. The French 75 takes its name from the French artillery used in the First World War and is said to be as influential as this effervescent cocktail.
When making a French 75, there are a few things to keep in mind to get the perfect cocktail. First of all, gin is the heart of this drink, so it is important to choose a high quality one. Freshly squeezed lemon juice is essential to achieve fresh taste. Also, don't forget to add the right amount of sugar to balance the taste. When it comes to Champagne, choose dry or super dry varieties to give the drink just the right sparkling character and don't forget to top off the experience with a French 75 served in a beautiful champagne glass. With these tips you are ready to go to war with your new favorite champagne drink.
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Like many classic drinks, French 75's origins are shrouded in mystery and debate. According to beverage historian David Wondrich, the recipe first appeared in 1927, during the height of Prohibition, in a book called Here's How, published by New York Humor Magazine. The cocktail was soon immortalized in the pages of Harry Craddock's Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930, ensuring the champagne cocktail's popularity in bars and homes around the world. However, it is not very clear how it was invented. It is possible that this potion was simply the result of an experiment rather than the work of a single person. Discerning drinkers of the 19th and early 20th centuries were known for their gin and champagne, which paired well with sugar and lemon. But when the combination was given the French nickname '75', its fate as a classic was sealed.
Yet it is possible that the first French 75 contained no gin at all. Cognac and champagne have also become fast friends, and some recipe books recommend cognac instead of gin. Only this much is certain: Both spirits are good, so mix your favorite versions.
French 75 is now a staple in cocktail bars, but it's also popular at brunch. This soft drink offers the ultimate refreshment before, during and after sipping your Eggs Benedict. Whatever spirit you choose to base yours on.