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French 75

The French 75, also known as a soixante quinze, is a champagne-based cocktail, which is essentially the French bit of it. It's a relatively early drink, being linked to World War I, and it was named after a piece of field artillery, the French 75mm gun. It's likely that the drink was a lot stronger when it first started, but it's gradually developed into a refreshing aperitif.

French 75

ingredients

  • A champagne flute
  • 1 single shot of Pickering's gin
  • 2 dashes of simple syrup
  • 1/2 a shot of lemon juice
  • 2-3 shots of champagne
  • Ice
  • A cocktail shaker

How to serve it

  • Pour all the ingredients apart from the champagne into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake vigorously.
  • Strain the mixture into the champagne flute.
  • Top up with champagne, gently stir and serve.

This French 75 recipe is a variation of the classic Tom Collins, in which carbonated water is used instead of champagne. Alternatives include substituting the champagne with prosecco or another sparkling white wine. In addition, you can substitute the gin with Gordon's pink gin or Bullard's strawberry and black pepper gin to produce different flavour combinations. Some people like to replace the gin with cognac, arguing it makes the recipe more ""French"".

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