December 31, 2012

DIY Drinks: French 75

It's time for the champagne! While lovely to sip on by itself, my favorite way to imbibe bubbly is in a French 75, or French 77, but we'll get to that. Seriously, this drink is my absolute favorite, graciously introduced to me my a dear friend (passing on the wisdom of her expert mixologist father). "It's like a Tom Collins," she said, handing me my glass, "but with CHAMPAGNE." One taste, and I'm hooked. Read on for how to make your own with simple bar ingredients.

Champagne or sparkling wine, preferably dry
1 1/2 oz. of gin (about 1 shot glass)
1/2 oz. simple syrup (or 3 tsp. sugar)
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. of St. Germain elderflower liqueur (Some would call it a French 77 if you include St. Germain. You can omit the gin if you add the liqueur.)
Lemon twist and fine sugar (optional) for garnish

Before adding any ingredients, I like to wet the rims of my glasses with water and then dip in sugar for a tasty sugar rim. Combine everything but the champagne and garnish. Shake with ice, and strain and pour into a champagne glass. Top everything off with champagne. Be forewarned-- though delicious, this drink can pack a punch!

A bit of a history lesson: Drinking the combination of liquors is said to have the same affects as being on the receiving end of the Canon de 75, a French artillery gun and the beverage's namesake.  Created at the New York Bar in Paris, this drink was a favorite of soldiers during WWI and members of the Lost Generation. So, if you've got Gatsby fever this season, this is the drink for you!


  1. I tried this one for my new years party and it was great!


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