The French 75 cocktail was named after the WWI French 75mm light field canon, and is both a strong and easy to sip cocktail. The French 75 has an alcohol by volume of around 15%. The first publication of this cocktail was in the 1928 book “Here’s How!” by Judge Jr. His recipe is as follows: 2 jiggers of Gordon water; 1 part of lemon juice; a spoonful of powdered sugar; cracked ice. Fill up the rest of a tall glass with champagne! Think of it like a John Collins but made with Champagne instead of soda water. This was initially served as a highball style cocktail with ice, but it is more common to see it served today more elegantly in a Champagne flute without ice. There is an earlier reference to a cocktail called the “75” in Harry MacElhone’s 1922 book “The ABCs of Mixing Cocktails,” but that was a completely different drink that contained brandy, grenadine, and absinthe, which resembled more of the Monkey Gland cocktail than a French 75.
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