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French 75, Swank Cocktail #35

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French 75 cocktail
French 75 cocktail

The French 75 is cocktail number 35 on the Swank Cocktail Guide.

French 75 cocktail history

The French 75 cocktail, or Soixante Quinze en français, was created by Harry MacElhone of Harry’s Bar in Paris.

The recipe, titled the “75” Cocktail, appeared as cocktail number 228 in “Harry” of Ciro’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails, on page 65:

228. “75” Cocktail

1 teaspoonful Grenadine, 2 dashes of Absinthe or Anis-del-Oso, 2/3 Calbvados, 1/3 Gin.

Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.
(This cocktail was very popular in France during the war, and named after the French light field gun.)

The cocktail’s recipe also appeared in Cocktails How to Mix Them on p. 44.

Harry's New York Bar, Paris, 1928
“Harry’s Bar,” newspaper article, Evansville Press (Evansville, Indiana), 18 Nov 1928, p. 39, col. 1. (Click image to view full article)
Cocktails How to Mix Them, p. 44, "75" Cocktail.
Cocktails How to Mix Them, p. 44, “75” Cocktail.

French 75 cocktail recipe

French “75” cocktail recipe
French “75” cocktail recipe

1 jigger Dry Gin, 1/3 Jigger Lemon juice. 1 teaspoon Powdered Sugar. Pour into tall glass 1/2 full of ice. Fill with Champagne.

Ingredients used:

  • Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte
  • Hendrick’s Gin
  • Fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • Powdered sugar

French 75 cocktail review

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Delicious and refreshing, a perfect summer beverage.

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