Party Like it’s 1949: The French 75

We here at LFF can’t resist anything French or anything that has champagne, so this week’s cocktail is a French 75. The drink dates back to WWI, but became popular in America in the ’40s, where it was served at NYC’s super ritzy Stork Club. It also makes an appearance in the 1942 movie Casablanca.

French 75

Photo: NY Times
Photo: NY Times


  • 2 ounces London dry gin
  • ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces Champagne
  • lemon twist


Combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds.

Strain cocktail through a Hawthorne strainer or a slotted spoon into a large flute. Top with Champagne; garnish with lemon twist.

Named after a French 75 mm field gun (or so the story goes), this cocktail packs quite a kick!

Check back next week for a fabulous ’50s concoction!

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