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Hidden Cocktails: the French 75

The French 75 CocktailThe French 75 Cocktail

With the huge number of cocktails out in the world, it’s not surprising that a few fall through the cracks. There are hidden gems in those lost cocktails, delicious drinks that everybody would probably enjoy. This week we’re focusing on the French 75! 

A prototype of today’s French 75 was invented at the New York Bar in Paris by Harry MacElhone. It wasn’t refined into its more recognizable version until Wold War 1.

  • Simple syrup*
  • 1 ounce gin or cognac
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ounces champagne
  •  Lemon twist
  1. Make simple syrup*
  2. Put everything but the champagne and the lemon into the shaker.
  3. Strain into a chilled glass (preferably a flute).
  4. Top with champagne
  5. Garnish with lemon twist
*Simple Syrup Instructions
  • Put a saucepan over low heat
  • Add 1 cup of sugar water
  • Warm until sugar is dissolved
  • Cool to room temperature
  • Refrigerate leftovers
Madeleine Hettich
Madeleine Hettich is a graphic designer, writer, illustrator, and comic book artist. After graduating with a BFA degree (with an emphasis in Visual Communications Design) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer before being hired by GREY. She continues to develop independent illustration and comics projects in her own time. This background gives her a unique perspective when writing about any number of topics.

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