“The French 75 was first concocted in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris, and most likely introduced to Americans by Arnaud Casanave around 1918 at his restaurant, Arnaud’s. The name comes from the combination of gin, lemon, sugar and Champagne’s ability to hit you like a round of large ammunition, specifically the 75mm field gun. It’s rumored that it was the drink of choice among French officers preparing for battle in WWI. – Roy Clark, The Haberdasher
1 ounce dry gin
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
lemon twist, for garnish
1. Shake first three ingredients together with ice and strain into chilled Champagne flute.
2. Top with Champagne and garnish with lemon twist.