Thirsty Thursday: French 75

We went to one of my favorite Fort Worth bars the other night, The Usual, to celebrate JoAnna’s birthday where I re-discovered the French 75. I ordered one of these in a bar back in DC several years ago and was obsessed for a good six months. How I forgot about them I do not know. There is even jello shot version if you are really feeling festive.

The birthday girl

French 75 recipe:

  • 1 1/2 ounces gin (preferably one redolent with juniper)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup*
  • 1–1 1/2 ounces champagne
  • lemon twist, as garnish
  • brandied cherry, as garnish
  • ice

Shake gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup for 30 seconds in an ice-filled shaker. Strain into wine goblet or highball glass halfway filled with ice. Top with champagne. Add more ice if necessary. Garnish with lemon twist and cherry.

* Over low heat, dissolve 1 cup sugar in 1 cup water (stir occasionally). Remove from heat, cool in container, and refrigerate for up to a month. (I totally won’t do this part – you can buy simple syrup, can’t you?)

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