The French 75


There's nothing more decadent than a French 75 Champagne Cocktail For a true taste of 1920's luxury - a favourite of Ernest Hemingway. The drink dates to World War I, an early form was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris—later Harry's New York Bar—by barman Harry MacElhone. The combination was said to have such potency that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm Field Gun!

The drink was first recorded as 'the 75' in Harry's ABC of Mixing Cocktails, 1922 edition, by Harry MacElhone, and in the same year in Robert Vermeire's Cocktails: How to Mix Them.


45ml Deco No22 Gin
15ml lemon Juice
7.5ml sugar Syrup
Good quality Champagne
Lemon peel garnish


Combine gin, sugar syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled champagne saucer. Top up with Champagne. Stir gently and enjoy!


french 75 1920's cocktail with Deco No.22 gin and Baeu Joie champagne