After sharing Reclaiming Provincial's French 75 Popsicles a few weeks ago, I realized that I had never posted a traditional French 75–and I claim there are classic cocktails to be found here! To right this wrong without delay, may I present:
1 1/2 oz gin or brandy
3/4 oz lemon
1/2 oz syrup
Combine base spirit, lemon juice and syrup in a shaker with ice; shake for 10-15 seconds, strain into a flute or coupe glass and top with Champagne.
Notes: There is much debate between gin or brandy in this cocktail, but it really boils down to what you prefer. John likes brandy, but I'll pluck the Miller's Westbourne from our liquor cabinet tonight. Cheers!
Image by Nick Carbone for Time.