Father's Day

Voilà l'Été: The French 75

July 10, 2011
4 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
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)
  • 1 shot Cointreau
  • 1 big squeeze of lime
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, more to taste
  • 1 splash sparkling wine (Champagne or Prosecco), chilled
In This Recipe
  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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Standup commis flâneur, and food historian. Pierino's background is in Italian and Spanish cooking but of late he's focused on frozen desserts. He is now finishing his cookbook, MALAVIDA! Can it get worse? Yes, it can. Visit the Malavida Brass Knuckle cooking page at Facebook and your posts are welcome there.