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2021 is coming to a close. So ring in the new year with a celebratory cocktail. Everyone knows you should pop open a bottle of bubbly on New Year’s Eve. And if you’re looking to dress up your champagne, we’d suggest turning to the classic cocktail: French 75.

Named for the 75 millimeter field gun used by the French army in World War 1, the French 75 is a simple, boozy, delicious drink that is perfect for a special occasion. The origins of the French 75 cocktail aren’t clear but it’s regained quite a bit of popularity, particularly for the boozy brunch crowd. And, we’ve seen loads of riffs and varaitions on the French 75 that either swap the gin for another spirit (rum, bourbon, brandy, etc.) or the fruit component. The only constant is a bubbly beverage of choice, typically Champagne or Prosecco (though sparkling water, tonic, or even soda could play well here).

French 75 Ingredients

Champagne – As mentioned earlier any bubbly drink will do, but the traditional recipe calls for Champagne. Any champagne will do but I’d probably reach for a bottle of Drappier Carte d’Or Brut first.
Gin – The best gin for a French 75 is whatever happens to be on your bar cart. I find that gin is more or less secondary to this cocktail. You’ll still want to use something of higher quality. Consider visiting your local distillery. Otherwise, go for a simple option like Tanqueray Ten or Beefeater. I’d just suggest steering clear of flavored gins.
Lemon Juice – Fresh squeezed lemon juice is the only option here. If you want a variation of the French 75, try another citrus juice.
Simple Syrup – A basic simple syrup works perfectly but feel free to mix things up with some cinnamon, mint, or other spices. You can make simple syrup at home by combining equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved, and letting it cool down.

French 75 Recipe

Combine 1 ounce of gin, 1/2 an ounce of lemon juice, and 1/2 an ounce of simple syrup in an ice-filled shaker. Shake well and strain into a champagne flute. Top it off with champagne, garnish with a lemon twist, and enjoy your French 75.

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