Behind the Drink: The French 75

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  • Wendy Shaw posted 4 years ago

    I started drinking French 75's in Beverly Hills California when i was 21, at (The Beverly Hills Hotel as one does)
    and it was always made with Cognac and California Champagne without ice cubes and lemon served
    in a champagne saucer, and this is the way I will always drink it !

  • Dominik MJ • the opinionated alchemist posted 5 years ago

    I am quite puzzled about the presentation. Classic European presentation demands a French 75 in a champagne glass [up] - gin, lemon juice and sugar are shaken, then strained into a chilled champagne flute and filled up with champagne - while the American version demands ice.

    I rather like the American version, as it is longer, more refreshing, yet the European version has also its perks, as it is more sophisticated...

  • Ben posted 5 years ago

    At the French 75 bar in New Orleans, Chris Hannah gave quite an articulate explanation of why he believed it should be cognac. He actually had printouts of the lecture for souvenier-seekers. Good times.

  • posted 5 years ago

    That certainly could be an alternate name for the drink, but "French 75" just has a better ring to it. That said, the first printed recipe on record for the cocktail did use gin and not cognac.

  • Joao Eusebio posted 5 years ago

    hi David!
    just one quick quest. so why wasn't it called a royal Tom Collins? extra points for being initially made with cognac?!

  • Jeff Deegan posted 5 years ago

    Arthur [above], your humility is to be commended. Somebody buy this guy a drink.

  • Maria Hunt posted 5 years ago

    So David, please tell us, do you prefer French 75s with gin or cognac? We'd like a ruling :-)

  • Arthur Kaye posted 5 years ago

    just read the last lines of your article That'll teach me to post before reading through to the end.

  • Arthur Kaye posted 5 years ago

    What are the odds that the drink is NOT named after the famous French artillery piece, the 75 mm field gun, developed in the1890s, adopted into the US armory in WW I and in use by the USA through the end of the 1930s, and still in use in France as a "saluting gun?"

  • DIA posted 5 years ago

    We're huge fans of the French 75, mainly because, as Harry Craddock (The Savoy Cocktail Book) says, it "hits with remarkable precision."


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