The French 75, or Soixante Quinze, was apparently named for a French field gun known for its kick and invented in a Paris bar in 1915. It's a crisp, not-too-tart-not-too-sweet cocktail that has become our new favorite.
It has four ingredients and can by varied by using cognac or vodka (which is called a French 76) instead of gin.
We like the gin version best and highly recommend it as a tasty spring drink.
Rating: Truly 1/2 assed
Here's what you need and how you do it
1 ounce (shot) gin
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1-2 teaspoons simple syrup or very fine sugar
Champagne, prosecco, or other sparkling white wine
Lemon peel for twist (optional)
In a shaker with ice mix gin, lemon juice, and sugar. Pour into glass. Top with champagne and add twist. Here's a succinct video on how to make a lemon or lime twist: