Esquire (David Wondrich)No 209 GinImbibe MagazineEmeril
Gin2 oz.1 oz.1 oz.2 oz.
Superfine Sugar1 teaspoon
Simple Syrup1/2 oz.1 oz.1 oz.
Lemon Juice1/2 oz.1/2 oz.3/4 oz.3/4 oz.
Champagne5 oz."up to top"3 oz2-3 oz.
GarnishLemon PeelLemon Twist
Gin and Champagne, the absolute pinnacle of luxury. Am I right?
The French 75 cocktail was first created in New York. The New York Bar in Paris, France to be precise. Its name comes from what history would later call “A bad World War I joke.” The drink was supposedly so strong that one drinker said that drinking this drink was akin to being shelled by a 75 mm field gun. History again has judged this statement harshly since these days ordering a drink which is over 50% champagne by volume is grounds for questioning one’s masculinity in some places. My theory is that someone drank one too many French 75s and woke up the next morning with a headache which felt like gunfire. My current theory is that French 75 is one drink whose name serves as a built in warning as to what happens if you drink one too many.
About the Cocktail Overwhelmingly, simple syrup is preferred.