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Order A Classic: French 75

Jane Ryan | 09/05/2016

Gin, Champagne, lemon and sugar.

One of the better balanced Champagne cocktails, where the juniper and citrus cut through the sugar superbly, the French 75 is a delightfully elegant tipple dating back to the glamourous days of early 20th century drinking. 

As with most cocktails, the French 75’s history is somewhat cloudy. The best known story places its creation at Harry’s American Bar in Paris in 1925 where Harry MacElhone himself apparently concocted the drink and named it after the 75mm Howitzer gun used by France in WWI.

"Of all the many champagne-and-liquor combinations known to contemporary mixology, this one has the most élan. Two of these and you'd fight to defend Madonna's honor." - David Wondrich.

Yet when asked about the French 75 Harry credited the drink to one Macgarry of Buck’s Club in London. Further still some now argue it’s an American drink invented during Prohibition.

We may never know how the French 75 came into being. What is certain however is the drinks popularity and longevity. 

To order your bartender will need gin, fresh lemon juice, sugar syrup and sparkling wine. 


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