Voilà l'Été: The French 75

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Author Notes: Not being a big cocktail drinker I only relish in a few, in part because of their historical provenance. The French 75 goes back to between the two World Wars, and was named for a French artillery piece. I like the Negroni also, the cocktail of the Italian Futurists, but it doesn’t make for a great poolside beverage. The 75 can be served in a sturdy tumbler rather than a dainty Sex and the City martini glass. I strongly recommend using Hendrick’s gin, as it has a great blend of botanicals. After that, the ingredients are simple. And this is NOT a blender drink. To take it on a picnic, make the drinks ahead, pour them into a sealed container, and serve over ice. It's okay to use plastic cups.pierino

Serves 2

  • 2 shots gin (I prefer Hendrick’s)
  • 2 shots Cointreau
  • Big squeeze of lime
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Sparkling wine (Champagne or Prosecco), chilled
  • Ice
  1. Add enough ice to your cocktail shaker to fill it about a third of the way.
  2. Add the gin, Cointreau, lime, and sugar, then cover and shake well. Strain the drink into tumblers chilled with ice.
  3. Finish off each glass with a big splash of sparkling wine. An additional lime wedge is optional.
  4. Keep pouring ‘em.

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3 months ago Lynn

Love the drink but love the glasses more. Where can I get them, or did I miss that?


about 1 year ago JulieBee

Whoaaaa! Caveat Emptor. This is a tasty, super sneaky drink. Half way through a glass, I was laughing hysterically at nothing in particular. Gin, Cointreau and Prosecco = one boozy drink


about 4 years ago Andreadoria56

It's a lovely cocktail - one of my favorites too.

While I agree that the Negroni is not a pool side cocktail - the Negroni Sbagliato - where the gin is substituted with sparkling white wine - certainly is. (And you have have an open bottle of bubbly)


about 4 years ago EmilyC

I'm also not a big cocktail drinker, but this drink is a favorite. Also like the variation (don't know the number) with bourbon.


about 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

This is a wonderful cocktail, simple to make with great flavors.