Let’s be honest, one of the best bits of being on holiday is getting to try ALL the local cocktails, am I right? When the lovely bunch at Travel Republic asked me to contribute to their cocktail-themed travel guide – packed with information about destinations and their signature cocktails – I was happy to oblige and I knew exactly which city (and cocktail) to champion. Mr E and I absolutely love Paris, and to us, the French 75 (or soixante quinze) is synonymous with our favourite destination: chic, stylish, and just a little bit outré. It’s Paris to a T. Here’s how we make our perfect French 75 cocktail at home.
The perfect French 75
Of course, as with most things, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and it’s important that you use a really good quality, aromatic gin (we favour Brockmans – I love the rich, orangey nose – and the stylish black bottle). This is for one serving, so obviously multiply up as necessary)
1 shot (25ml) gin
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 sugar cube (our favourite – or 1 tbsp sugar syrup)
Add the gin and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake well (if you’re using sugar syrup rather than the sugar cube, add that in here as well).
Pop a sugar cube into the bottom of your champagne glass, pour over the gin mixture, then top up with Champagne
Et voila! The perfect French 75 cocktail – absolutely essential for entertaining and of course for Christmas. For more insider tips on the best places to enjoy a cocktail in tons of popular cities and beach destinations, check out Travel Republic’s fabulous guide: fantastic holiday cocktails and where to find them.
And that just leaves me to say cheers. Or rather, à votre santé.