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The French 75 derives its name from the French Army's 75 mm artillery gun that saw action in both world wars. A journalist for the Saturday Evening Post penned this review after sampling a French 75: "I had my first of these in a dugout in Argonne. I couldn't tell whether a shell or the drink hit me." There is plenty of debate as to whether this cocktail was originally made with gin or with cognac, but in modern cocktail bars both are accepted by bartenders. When the version we know and love first appeared in 1927's "Here's How!", the recipe called for gin, lemon juice, sugar, and champagne. Our advice? Both gin and cognac are uniquely wonderful in a French-75. The gin version is light, aromatic, and perfect for warm weather-- so most of the year in New Orleans! The cognac version is richer, velvety, and might even get you a little wink and a nod from your local bartender.
Cocktail Kits available for sale for curbside pickup. A portion of the sales benefiting the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. All guests must be 21 to participate.
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