Classic French 75
Drinkers who know and love the French 75 have strong personal preference on whether to use gin or cognac as the base. This classic recipe offers both options. Pour what you like, or, if you’re on the fence, let season or mood determine your choice. Gin tends toward a cleaner, more botanical, refreshing drink, ideal for warmer weather drinking; cognac lends heft and weight, especially great in cooler weather.
- Serves: 1 person
- 1ounce gin or cognac
- ½ounce fresh lemon juice
- ½ounce simple syrup or 1/2 ounce sweet bay-peppercorn shrub
- 3ounces Champagne or dry sparkling wine
- Lemon twist
Step 1In an ice-filled shaker, combine the gin or cognac, lemon juice and simple syrup or shrub. Cover and shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into a Champagne or coupe glass and top with Champagne. Finish with a lemon twist.