Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Ring in the New Year with a French 75 Cocktail

Caution: Over 21 Only

Just as the Great War has its own music and poetry, it has its own cocktail.  The drink was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris—later Harry's New York Bar—by barman Harry MacElhone. The combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun.  The early recipe was tinkered with considerably and it seems to have evolvecd into its "classic" version in the 1920s.  There seems to be something of an urban legend that the  French 75 was invented by or for the French-American Ace Raoul Lufbery, but there  doesn't appear to be any supporting evidence for this. Anyway, a happy 2018 to all.

Ingredients in the French 75

  • 1⁄2 oz lemon juice
  • 1⁄2 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz gin
  • 3 oz champagne or prosecco 

1  lemon twist

Glass: champagne flute (originally a Tom Collins glass)

Making the French 75

  • Add all the ingredients except the champagne or prosecco to a shaker and fill with ice.
  • Shake well and strain into the glass.
  • Top with the champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.



  1. ...Or how about a Sidecar? Reportedly created by the bartender of a favorite watering hole of a US Army Captain who was recovering from a lung disease (pneumonia?)--Brandy, orange liqueur & lemon juice. Named after the motorcycle sidecar used to transport the Captain to and from the bistro.
    Reminds one of the Capt Flagg character in 'What Price Glory'.

  2. And a Happy New Year to everyone!