Few sophisticated gin cocktail recipes can compete with Gordon's French 75's ageless charm. This traditional cocktail, crafted with precision and care, flawlessly mixes the botanical intricacies of gin with the effervescence of champagne, resulting in a drink that epitomises refined luxury. Gordon's London Dry Gin is at the heart of Gordon's French 75.
Gordon's London Dry Gin is known for its juniper-forward profile and balanced botanical combination. In a secret technique, handpicked wild juniper berries, coriander, angelica, and liquorice are combined and triple-distilled. It fills the palate with crisp and refreshing notes and ends with a simple finish. Thus, Gordon’s London Dry Gin serves as the ideal canvas for this gin cocktail's flavours to blossom.
Juniper and citrus aromas in the gin blend beautifully with the zest of freshly squeezed lemon juice. The simple syrup adds just the proper amount of sweetness while establishing a delicate balance with the acidity of the beverage. As the champagne or sparkling wine bubbles, it adds a bright, crisp effervescence to the overall experience.
The history of the classic gin cocktail recipe French 75 dates back to an early iteration of the drink which was established in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris—later Harry's New York Bar—by barman Harry MacElhone. It was stated that the combo had such a kick that it felt like being shelled with a heavy French 75mm field cannon, thus the iconic French 75 name.
This gin cocktail could be considered a good choice to sip at a glitzy occasion where the clinking of glass, laughter and good music blend together. Alternatively, sip on it on a calm unwinding evening allowing the elegance of the cocktail to wash you over.
In a shaker, combine 50 ml of Gordon's London Dry Gin with 25 ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Add 15 ml of simple syrup to balance the tartness of the lemon juice and complement the gin's botanicals.
Fill the shaker with ice and shake the ingredients vigorously to chill and combine.
Strain the mixture into a chilled champagne flute, using a fine mesh strainer to remove any ice fragments.
Top off the cocktail with 30 ml of champagne or sparkling wine, introducing a light, effervescent touch of elegance.
Garnish with a lemon twist, allowing its zesty oils to enhance both the aroma and taste of the drink.