What is a French 75?
French 75 is a lovely cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and champagne. According to diffordsguide.com, this noble cocktail is named after the French 75-millimeter light field gun which due to its portability and rate of fire was the mainstay of the French army during the First World War (1914-1918). Wikipedia further explains: The combination (gin and champange) was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun.
Have fun making French 75 cocktails with a variety of juices!
Natalie Migliarini and James Stevenson’s new cocktail book Beautiful Booze celebrates the French 75 with a modern twist – Rosé sparkling wine, blueberry syrup, vodka and lemon juice. I made my fresh blueberry juice with 1 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan. Bring to boil on the stove, reduce heat and simmer until you can smash blueberries with a fork. Strain into a mason jar, cover and refrigerate.
I made this lovely French 75 with blood orange juice. Simply mix 1 1/2 ounces gin, 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh blood orange juice, 1/2 tablespoon fresh lime juice and 1 1/2 tablespoons simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a champagne flute. Top with 2 ounces champagne. Garnish with blood orange peel or lemon peel twist.
Southern Spoonful Recipe Column ~ The Roanoker Magazine
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