2 oz Gin (or cognac)
3 oz Sparkling white wine (Brut, chilled)
1 twst Lemon zest

Shake all but wine, strain into ice-filled highball glass, top with chilled wine.


Also very good with cognac. Said to have the power of a 75mm howitzer.

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Posted by Dan on 11/12/2010
Created by
Harry MacElhone, Harry's New York Bar, Paris.
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For brunch survival purposes I go with 1 oz gin instead of 2. Also I go more toward cava or prosecco. I haven't taken up Todd Maul's suggestion that this apéro requires cognac rather than gin - with the lemon/bubbly combo I'd think that gin would be a no-brainer.

Dan commented on 6/02/2011:

I prefer this with cognac. It is a very good, classic cocktail. The Elderflower version (French 77) is a nice variation, particularly if you haven't been overexposed to St Germain.

I've always been told that if it's gin, it's an English 75, and that Cognac is the way to go here.

Dan commented on 6/03/2011:

Interesting. Among my friends, I call the Cognac version a French French 75. I made these for a friend's 50's birthday party, which was catered. Big hit. It is one of those cocktails that appeals to a wide variety of imbibers.

Christopher James at the Ryland Inn in Jersey makes a version with Art in the Age's SAGE:

1.5 oz SAGE
0.75 oz lemon juice
0.75 oz 2:1 simple syrup
2.0 oz brut champagne
Toasted rosemary garnish

Served in a Champagne flute.

For a fun variation, try using an Earl Grey Tea Syrup