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Friday, January 5, 2007

The French 75

It looks like lemonade, so you can sip it in front of your husband without much notice. It consists of simple things including gin, which is a part of all households all the time, and champagne, which should be but is not. There may be some of the latter pumped and rubbercorked in just the right quantities in your fridge right now. Or there might even be a gloriously unopened bottle you received as part of the Nationwide Re-gifting Program.

As usual, the CocktailDB has the best recipe:

French 75

1 oz fresh lemon juice (3 cl, 1/4 gills)
2 tsp sugar, stir (1 cl, 1/16 gills)
2 oz gin (6 cl, 1/2 gills)
Fill with ice, Champagne
Add lemon wedge, cherry, orange slice
Serve with straws
Serve in a tall glass (14.0 oz)

What was the name of that cocktail again, and why does it sound so sexy?

A French 75 (the Soixante Quinze) was a middle artillery piece from WWI. One of the earliest print references to the drink is from 1927:

“Here’s How”, Judge Jnr, 1927

This drink is really what won the War for the Allies:

* 2 jiggers Gordon water;
* 1 part lemon juice;
* a spoonful of powdered sugar;
* cracked ice.
* Fill up the rest of a tall glass with champagne!
* (If you use club soda instead of champagne, you have a Tom Collins.)

And you probably have lots of club soda left from New Years Eve too. But try it with champagne first. It will keep the embers glowing.