This classic cocktail originated in Paris during the first world war. Accredited to Henry Tepe of Henry’s Bar it was quickly taken on by Harry MacElhone of the famous Harry’s New York Bar at 5 Rue Daunou Paris, later frequented by the likes of Hemmingway and Gershwin. Harry introduced it to Ciro’s Club in London shortly after and in the 1930’s it appeared in the Savoy Cocktail Book. French 75 was ordered at Ricks Bar in the Bogart film, Casablanca and got its name from the French 75mm field gun as both had a terrific kick.
30 ml Urban Rhino London Dry Gin
15 ml lemon juice
2 dashes of simple syrup (1 up to 2:1 granulated sugar melted in heated water and cooled)
60 ml Champagne (or Prosecco)
Combine Gin syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top with Champagne and stir gently. Garnish with a lemon twist.
18th November 2019