DOW: French 75

>> Friday, August 20, 2010

This is one classic drink that has a lot less ambiguity about its origins. It's named after a famous French artillery piece, the Canon de 75 modèle 1897 because it packs a big punch.

We enjoyed a wonderful version of the cocktail at L'Abattoir a few weeks ago.
  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 1 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons berry sugar (aka caster sugar or superfine sugar)
  • 4 oz sparkling wine
  • lemon twist for garnish
Shake the first three ingredients in a shaker. Pour into a champagne flute and fill with the bubbly. We like to put a sugar rim on the glass, but that's just our wild and crazy side showing through.

We have to admit that we used Cava for this drink instead of Champagne. Not a huge stretch of course since it's made the same way. Maybe we should call it a Spanish 75 instead?


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