French 75

The French 75 cocktail is named after the 75mm howitzer artillery gun, a popular weapon during World War I.  Legend has it that fighter pilot Raoul Lufbery enjoyed champagne, but wanted to drink something with more of a kick.  So, naturally, he added booze to it.

The drink was said to have such a kick that it was similar to being hit by the 75mm gun.  Not surprisingly, the French 75 was popular with the “Lost Generation” of American ex-pats, including Ernest Hemingway, living in Paris post WWI.

French 75

2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce lemon juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup

Shake gin, lemon juice and simple syrup with ice, and strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne, and garnish with a long, thin lemon spiral.

A note on the photo: It’s my goal to take pictures before downing half the drink, but sometimes I get carried away.

Written by Kevin Gray


  1. Anonymous · August 22, 2011

    […] He probably wrote it while drinking French 75 and the beauty and complexity of the flavors inspired similar things in his composition. I’m kidding, but not really, because this thing is unreal. Everyone I know who’s tried it goes bonkers for it, even Ernest Hemingway. […]

  2. Артур · August 7, 2013

    Pretty nice and good cocktail. Became popular after Harry McElhone mentioned this cocktail in 1923 in his book.

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