The French “75” was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris—later Harry’s New York Bar—by barman Harry MacElhone. The combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun, also called a “75 Cocktail”, or “Soixante Quinze” in French. The French 75 was popularized in America at the Stork Club in New York.

French "75"
Recipe type: Alcoholic Cocktail
Cuisine: French
Serves: 1
  • 1 1/2 ounces Gin
  • 2 teaspoons superfine sugar
  • 1 1/2 ounces lemon juice
  • 4 ounces chilled Champagne
  • 1 slice orange or lemon peel
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  1. In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the gin, sugar, and lemon juice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Pour into a collins glass.
  4. Top with the champagne.
  5. Stir well and garnish with the orange slice (or lemon peel) and the cherry.

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