Even though the fireworks of July 4 have fizzled out, we don’t have to stop celebrating independence. Bastille Day, or French National Day, takes place on Monday. July 14, or le quatorze juillet, is the day the people of France commemorate the beginning of the French Revolution. Several months ago, a friend of mine introduced me to the French 75, which I think is the perfect Bastille Day cocktail.
The French 75, known as the Soixante-Quinze in France, is a sparkly drink of lemon, gin and champagne. This 20th century cocktail is named for a rapid-firing 75-millimeter field gun used in France during World War I. It’s a contemporary classic, and its history makes it a sweet francophile homage year-round.
This week’s Friday Night Delight has a bit of extra meaning for me. Tomorrow Kristin, my best friend from high school, will get married in Chapel Hill, N.C. For each year of high school, Kristin and I took French class and did French Club together. We also shared a notebook with the Eiffel Tower on it and made up a bunch of inside jokes in French. We
were are nerds, but I think it’s safe to say that French is in our foundation. I’m so excited and honored to celebrate Kristin as one of her bridesmaids tomorrow. (I’ll be sharing photos from the weekend on Instagram.) Anyway, this French 75 is for you, Kristin! Felicitations, mon amie! // susannah
Click below to see the recipe for a French 75 cocktail!
Makes one cocktail
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 3 ounces brut (dry) champagne or other sparking wine, chilled
- Lemon wheel or twist for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine gin, simple syrup and lemon juice. Shake vigorously and strain into a champagne flute.
- Top with champagne and garnish with a lemon wheel or twist. Serve immediately.
(And in case you were wondering — this is Kristin and me at my college graduation. (I toyed with putting some high school pics on here, but I’m not that mean!)