Voila l’ete: the French 75

By • July 10, 2011 • 3 Comments

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Author Notes: Not being a big cocktail drinker there are only a few I relish, 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 pool side beverage. The 75 can be served in a sturdy tumbler rather than a dainty Sex in 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.pierino

Serves 2

  • 2 shots Hendrick’s gin (or other to your preference)
  • 2 shots Cointreau
  • Big squeeze of lime
  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar
  • Sparkling wine; Champagne or Prosecco, chilled
  • Ice
  1. Add enough ice to your cocktail shaker to fill about 1/3
  2. Add the gin and Cointreau, lime and sugar, cover and shake well
  3. Into tumblers chilled with ice, strain in the cocktail mix
  4. Finish off each glass with a big splash of sparkling win
  5. An additional lime wedge is optional
  6. Keep pouring ‘em

Tags: Bastille Day, gin

Comments (3) Questions (0)


almost 3 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)


almost 3 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.


almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

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