Classic French 75

Classic French 75

Classic French 75

This elegant blend of champagne, cognac, and lemon has a surprisingly violent name—"French 75" was American slang for a 75-mm field gun during World War I.Ingalls Photography

A century ago, World War I broke out, and with it came a cocktail. While blends of champagne, cognac, and lemon preceded it, without the war, the drink may have been lost to obscurity; surely, it would have a different name, as "French 75" was American slang for the 75-mm field gun. One tale credits it to flier Raoul Lufbery of the French air squadron the Lafayette Escadrille, who allegedly spiked his bubbly with cognac for oomph. This particular recipe for the timeless drink comes from San Francisco's Slanted Door. It first appeared in SAVEUR DRINK issue #1 with the story "Right on Target."