The French 75

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Famous cocktail, French 75 at michelin star lortolan

The French 75
This famous cocktail dates back to World War I, and an early form was created in an American Bar named 'Harry's New York Bar' by barman Harry MacElhone. In 1926, Harry was supposedly inspired by a gun, 75mm in length that was used by the French and the Americans in WW1.

The gun was known for its accuracy and speed, and the French 75 is said to have such a kick that it felt like being hit by just such a weapon.

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There are many stories from the 19th Century of noble gentlemen, like the Prince of Wales, enjoying similar concoctions!

So, now you've read about the history, here's the recipe!

  • 45ml Bombay sapphire
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 25ml gomme syrup
  • Top up with champagne