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The original French recipe only calls for four ingredients, champagne included, and no mixing or shaking. It uses a lot less gin, so I’ve adjusted my recipe closer to most American recipes. Unless you keep your gin in the freezer and your lemons in the fridge, you will want to either shake or stir the non-champagne ingredients to chill them down so they don’t warm up your champagne. Note that if you’re using sweeter champagne, you may want to cut back on the simple syrup. The recipe below will make about two ounces, and most flutes only hold around six, so you can use the shaker contents for two cocktails if you want to have more champagne in the mix (this is closer to the original recipe). This cocktail is worth a little extra effort to get it right. You should really enjoy the interplay of the botanicals in the gin with the fruit in the champagne.
French 75 (with acknowledgement to 1001cocktails.com)
½ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ oz simple syrup
4-5oz well chilled champagne
Combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup with cracked ice in a shaker. Shake like you’re trying to whip up a nice froth on a cup of chocolat chaud while thinking of Juliette Binoche. Strain into a chilled champagne flute and fill with ice cold champagne. Garnish with a maraschino cherry in the glass and a small orange wedge on the lip. Get ready for a treat.