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Cocktail of the Week: the French 75


A cocktail that mixes gin and Champagne in a single glass? Sounds a bit mad however within the French 75, they’re a match made in heaven. 

It might sound heretical to our fashionable tastes so as to add sugar and lemon juice not to mention gin to Champagne however the Victorians had been much less treasured. Dickens (who was a eager cocktail and punch fanatic) would entertain visitors with a combination of gin and Champagne; and Queen Victoria’s drink of alternative was whisky mixed half-and-half with pink Bordeaux. Sounds revolting however whenever you’re the Empress of India, who’s going to inform you you’re doing it fallacious? 

A punch to recollect 

Whereas I wouldn’t advocate going the total Queen Vic, we will be taught from Dickens’ perspective to alcohol. I had a beautiful expertise on the St Pancras Renaissance Lodge a couple of years in the past courtesy of Joe Stockoe of drinks firm Heads, Hearts and Tails. First he made a calming fruit punch in a big silver bowl after which for the pièce de résistance, poured in a magnum of Veuve Clicquot to complete it off. The glowing wine made the contents of the bowl fizz and froth like a magic potion. It tasted fairly magic too. 

The outcome was not dissimilar to this week’s cocktail. The French 75, or as they name it in France the Soixante-quinze, is called after a French artillery gun, the 75 millimetre. It (the cocktail not the gun) was invented by Harry MacElhone at Harry’s Bar in Paris simply after World Struggle One. Maybe hoping to make a degree about diminished French navy may, one of many German officers within the movie Casablanca orders it at Rick’s Bar. The French, nonetheless, get their revenge later by beating the Germans in a singing contest. That’ll present these nasty Germans.

French 75 Cocktail of the Week

Learn how to make a French 75

So, which Champagne to make use of in your Soixante-quinze? It’s in all probability a waste to make use of something too costly like Krug or Dom Pérignon (until you’re feeling notably swanky) however on the similar time you do want a glowing wine with the physique to face as much as all these additions. In Casablanca Rick and Ilsa put away a variety of Mumm Cordon Rouge however I discover the richer style of Veuve Clicquot is right for this goal. After some experimentation I believe it really works finest with an excellent quantity of lemon juice, and the orange bitters actually lifts the entire thing and brings out orangey notes within the Champagne. For the gin, I’m going with certainly one of our favourites, Bathtub gin, although any respectable high quality London Dry Gin will do. 

After which you may increase a glass to France. Vive la France!

35ml Bathtub Gin
15ml contemporary lemon juice
5ml sugar syrup
100ml Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label 
Sprint of Price Brothers Orange Bitters

Shake the primary three substances with ice and pressure right into a Champagne flute. High up with chilled Champagne, stir, add a touch of bitters and garnish with a lemon twist. 



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