Just like in WWII, the French were a comeback country and I am back. With the French Theme in mind, this week’s cocktail is an all-time favorite of Bhaskar’s friends. It is a refreshing drink that packs a punch. A drink that is elegant and beautiful, but the kick cannot be forgotten.

The French 75 is the perfect drink to start a cocktail hour. The drink is served in a champagne flute with a prosecco base. Any time bubbles are involved, it is an immediate celebration. The magical sound of a prosecco or champagne bottle popping is like a beautiful classical tune. The cannon has gone off and it’s time to drink.

The French 75 has a great historic folk story. It was invented around WWII and is modeled after the French 75 Howitzer. A beautiful piece of engineering marvel that could rain destruction upon the enemy.

Luckily, this French 75 is a friendly. A drink combing beauty and packing a deadly punch giving anyone the confidence to seize the day.

How to Make: 

The French keep it simple. Their diet is composed of wine, cheese, cured meats, and cigarettes. Just like the diet, the French 75 has four ingredients. Prosecco, gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup.

For the prosecco, choose a label that you enjoy. Whenever I go to the liquor store, I search for the blue prosecco bottle known as La Marca prosecco, Cupcake is another great brand. Just fit it to your price range.

Gin? Go with the classic Bombay.

Making the drink is incredibly easy:

  • 1-1.5oz Gin
  • 0.5oz Simple Syrup
  • 0.5oz Fresh lemon juice
  • Top with prosecco
  • Lemon Rind

1. Add 1-1.5oz of Gin depending on how dangerous you are trying to get, 0.5oz of simple syrup, and 0.5oz of fresh lemon juice to a shaker with ice.

2. Shake, Shake, and then when you think you are done, you are not and shake again.

3. Pour into a champagne flute, top with prosecco.

4. If you want to get fancy with it, take a lemon rind and twist above the glass and around the rim before dropping it in.

I have to add a disclaimer, these drinks are dangerously good. They go down like lemonade but pack a punch like Ali.

Enjoy drinking and stay tuned for more cocktails!

In order to make friends at work, I made a few French 75s for other college graduates. These are their reviews:

“When I was first introduced to the French 75 – a cocktail named after the field guns in WWI – I knew I was not only in for a delicious drink, but a flashback through history. Prepping the ingredients and shaking them together felt like a metaphor for the soldiers prepping to fire their weapon. The mix, once topped off with bubbly prosecco created a refreshing, citrusy cocktail. It wasn’t until 2 cocktails later that I fully understood the reason for the “French 75” name. The combination of gin, lemon, simple syrup and prosecco packs a punch – a kick that feels like you’re being shelled with the powerful French 75 field gun. This powerful drink, despite being disguised as weak from its champagne exterior, is one to enjoy with friends and family during the holiday season. Drink with caution, folks.” – Brett Dashevsky

“Picture this – it’s been a long and trying day. You go over to your friend Nick’s house… and what is awaiting you? A shaker, a bottle of unopened Prosecco, some dry gin, and a fresh lemon twist! At this point you know what’s coming…none other than the WORLD famous French 75. A little bit sweet, but perfectly balanced with the citrus from the lemon, it’s the drink every gin & tonic WISHES it was. Make it for yourself, order it to impress your friends, however you take it, you won’t regret it!” – Corinne Baker

“Nick’s French 75s cultivate a sense of refinement, opulence, and mystery – just what the doctor ordered in these dreary quarantined winter days. The bubbles pop, the citrus zings – however, everything about it finishes smoothly. But, be warned, there’s a hidden ingredient that can only be detected by the most experienced palates, making these drinks secretly strong (and all the more fun).” – Jane Blaugrund

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