French 75/95 – Cocktail of the Month

The French 75/95 cocktail is a classic cocktail that has been around for nearly a century. It is a refreshing and effervescent drink that is perfect for any occasion. This cocktail is said to have originated during World War I and has since become a beloved classic.

History of the French 75/95

The French 75/95 cocktail is a classic cocktail that is said to have been created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris, which was later renamed Harry’s New York Bar. The cocktail was named after the French 75mm field gun, which was widely used during World War I. The cocktail was created to celebrate the Allies’ victory in the Battle of Champagne, which was fought in France in 1915. The cocktail quickly became a favorite among the American and French soldiers who were stationed in France during the war.

The original recipe for the French 75/95 cocktail consisted of gin, lemon juice, sugar, and champagne. Over the years, variations of the cocktail have been created using different types of alcohol, such as cognac or brandy, and adding different ingredients such as orange liqueur. In the 1930s, the cocktail was updated with the addition of a sugar cube and bitters. This updated version is now known as the French 95.

Traditional French 75/95 Recipe

To make a classic French 75 cocktail, you will need the following ingredients:

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  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 2-3 oz Champagne

To make the cocktail, combine the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

The French 75/95 cocktail is a classic cocktail with a rich history that dates back to World War I. It is a refreshing and effervescent drink that has been enjoyed by many over the years. Whether you prefer the classic version made with gin or the updated version made with cognac, this cocktail is sure to impress. So the next time you are looking for a cocktail to serve at your next party or get-together, consider making a French 75/95 cocktail.