This is sort of the “grande dame” of gin drinks – elegant, refined and delicious.  It was created in 1915 at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris and named for the powerful French 75 Field Gun – which apparently provided a kick similar to that found in this libation.

 FRENCH 75

You’ll find some recipes that call for making this with cognac instead of gin but our research (and the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book) suggest that the original, and most appropriate, spirit for this tipple is gin.  And at the Proper we make a version with our housemade Flintridge Native Botanicals Gin which is listed on the menu as a Flintridge 75 and is, for our money, one of the finest AM cocktails you will find.

½ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz. Simple Syrup (recipe here)
1 oz. Gin

 

1. Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Toss lightly with ice then strain it into a Champagne Flute.

2. Top with Champagne.

3. Garnish with a Lemon Twist.  (If you have a channel cutter, use it to cut a really long length of lemon and wind it down through the cocktail.)