French 75

French 75

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French 75

horloge5 to 10 minutes
Usually prepared with gin rather than cognac, the French 75 was created in the 1920s. Its name comes from the French army’s 75mm artillery gun, in use during the First World War. Indeed, it was said that this cocktail was just as dangerous as a shot of the famous artillery piece. The cognac version comes from David Embury's "The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks" (1948). It is more powerful and slightly sweeter. The marriage of cognac with champagne works beautifully and makes for a very fresh cocktail.


Merlet Brothers Blend Cognac30 ml - 1 oz
Lemon juice20 ml - ½ oz
Sugar syrup10 ml - ¼ oz
* works with Merlet VSOP Cognac or Merlet VS Cognac


Pour cognac, lemon and sugar in a shaker with ice cubes. Shake and strain in a champagne flute. Add champagne, stir softly. Squeeze a lemon zest over the cocktail and discard. Garnish with a cherry.

Decoration : Lemon peel (to discard). Cherry.

Service : Champagne flute