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What is a French 75?

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tdaaa Jul 31, 2008 11:50 AM

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For the uneducated cocktailers, what is a French 75?
Also for the uneducated (eg. me), any good resources for learning about mixed drinks without damaging my liver?

Thanks.

  1. vonwotan Jul 31, 2008 12:32 PM

    I have two recipes, some believe the brandy recipies are the orginal...

    Juice of one lemon
    1 teaspoon of fine granulated sugar
    2 oz brandy
    5 dashes bitters

    Shake with ice and pour into highball glass. Fill with champagne and stir gently.

    or,

    2 oz of gin
    1 teaspoon powdered sugar
    Juice of one lime or one fourth lemon.

    Shake well with ice. Pour into ten ounce glass and fill with champagne. Some add 5 dashes of bitters.

    I wish I could remember where I first saw the drink mentioned, somehow MFK Fisher sticks out in my mind and it was described as a drink of cognac/brandy, champagne, lemon juice and sugar with the later addition of a few dashes of bitters. There was a story, perhaps apochryphal, that such a drink was served to the shell shocked gunners of the big French 75 guns.

    1. MC Slim JB Jul 31, 2008 05:07 PM

      There are plenty of recipe websites out there; I find drinkboy.com pretty useful. To learn, I recommend grabbing a stool at one of the bars in town with the real dedicated craftspeople (you know: Green Street, No. 9, ESK) and asking them to help explore some path that's promising based on the kind of liquors you tend to prefer. You can do it a little at a time -- a couple here, a couple there -- to minimize the toxicity. Think of it as a leisurely education.

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