On Sunday, August 23th, the Keeper Collection prepared the famous French 75 cocktail for me, which is mainly composed of Gin. A few weeks ago, we visited Revolution Spirits distillery, which produces different kinds of gin, as written in my previous blog here. So, it was only appropriate to make this cocktail using Revolution Gin.
Cocktail French 75
Contributing Author: Clothilde Lafarge, Keeper Collection Intern
This drink dates back to World War I, and an early form was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris by the barman Harry MacElhone. I was excited to have a cocktail that was created in my home country of France. The inspiration for such a title was apparently due as a tribute to the 75 mm Howitzer field gun that the French and Americans wielded and was located on their tanks in World War I. It had become a well-publicized piece of machinery praised for its accuracy and quickness.
The French 75 Cocktail was said to have such a kick that if felt like being hit by that piece of weaponry. The novelist Alec Waugh (1898-1981) named it the “the most powerful drink in the world".
We followed the following recipe to make the cocktail:
French 75 Cocktail (makes 1 cocktail)
1.25 ounces of Revolution Reserve Gin
¼ ounce of Simple Syrup (2tsp.)
¼ ounce of Fresh Lemon Juice
Mix well over ice and pour into individual glasses, preferably coupes.
Then fill with Champagne.
The French 75 Cocktail is very easy to make and delicious, especially when we use great ingredients like the Revolution Gin and the Champagne Godmé Père & Fils.
It was the first time I tried this cocktail and I love it. It is very refreshing and it is a good way to the start the “apéro”.