March 14, 2018 by Ashlee
A champagne cocktail originally invented after World War I in New York City, the French 75 was named after French artillery cannons that helped end the war. I personally didn’t find the drink akin to being shelled by cannon fire, but instead found the bubbly concoction to be flirty and fun with a twist of lemon. Recipes vary; in fact, we’ve had two versions. For a refreshing twist, substitute the cognac with gin.
- 1 1⁄4 cognac (preferably Courvoisier VS)
- 1⁄4 fresh lemon juice
- 1⁄4 simple syrup
- Champagne, chilled (preferably Moët & Chandon Imperial)
- Lemon peel for garnish
Combine cognac, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a frosted champagne flute. Top with champagne and garnish with a small piece of lemon peel.