The original “French 75” was a 75-mm French artillery piece used in World War I. The drink of the same name was first made with cognac; the British introduced gin into the mix.
- Pinch sugar
- Dash sweet and sour mix
- 3⁄4 oz. dry gin
- 3⁄4 oz. French brandy (not cognac)
- Club soda
- 2 oz. champagne
- Slice of lemon
- Put sugar into a tall glass and fill halfway with ice cubes. Add sweet and sour mix, gin, and brandy.
- Fill the glass to within 2″ of the top with club soda, then float in champagne. Garnish with a lemon slice.