TBT Classic Cocktail #19: French 75!

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Happy Thursday and Bonne Jeudi!

Today’s classic cocktail comes straight from the land of Eiffel Towers, escargot, and fancy fancy wine–that’s right, we’re making the French 75!

The French 75 is a champagne cocktail confusingly invented in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris. It was later popularized in the United States at the Stork Club in New York. Got it?

It is one of the original, classic champagne cocktails, and it is perfect for any occasion that you deem worthy of a little bubbly.

So, for the French 75 you will need:

  • approx. 3 oz champagne
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz lemon juice, plus long lemon twist (for garnish)
  • 2 tspn superfine sugar
  • maraschino cherry, for garnish

Gather your ingredients, plus your jiggers, cocktail shaker, fruit press, knife, and champagne glass.

First, prep your lemon twist. Cut a long piece of lemon peel (try to cut around the entire circumference of the lemon). You want a very thin piece for this drink, but It is easier if you cut a wide piece and then split it in half to get the right size. Once you have the right length and width, roll up the peel so it can start to take a curled shape, and set it aside.

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Now add your 2 oz of gin.

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And finish with your 2 teaspoons of sugar.

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Now add ice to your shaker tin, and shake these ingredients for about 15 seconds — just long enough for the sugar to dissolve.

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Strain that into your champagne flute, and then top it off with your champagne!

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Now add in your lemon twist and a maraschino cherry and you are ready to go!

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Cheers, everyone!

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