How to Make a French 75

Mixologist Eben Freeman, of Tailor restaurant in New York City, demonstrates how to prepare a Champagne-based French 75 cocktail.

Released on 11/11/2008

Credits

Starring: Eben Freeman

Transcript

00:00
(upbeat pop music)
00:09
Hi, this Eben Freeman at Tailearn, Soho.
00:12
Champagne cocktails have been popular for some time.
00:15
The mimosa and the bellini have become brunch standards.
00:19
One such drink is a French 75.
00:21
So to make this drink, you're gonna start with some gin.
00:28
One and a half ounces.
00:36
Three quarter ounces fresh lemon juice.
00:43
Half an ounce of simple syrup.
00:53
It's important when making a drink with champagne
00:55
to use a little bit more sweetener than you expect,
00:58
because the champagne is quite dry, you need that sugar
01:00
to balance out the dryness also of the champagne.
01:05
Then we're just gonna add ice and shake.
01:12
(ice shaking)
01:22
It's important when making this drink to shake it
01:24
so that it's very cold and use very cold champagne
01:26
to make it really refreshing.
01:31
People serve this drink over ice,
01:33
I think it's best really to done neat.
01:36
You're just gonna strain that into a champagne flute.
01:46
And top it with your champagne.
01:53
I think that drink is beautiful just like that,
01:55
but here's a little garnish or trick technique
01:56
that you may wanna use.
01:59
Using a channel knife on your lemon,
02:01
get a little bit of that oil into your glass,
02:05
and then take a very long peel from your entire lemon.
02:12
To give you a really, really long strand
02:14
that you can decorate the glass with.
02:25
You can lead that all the way from the glass
02:28
down onto the napkin, I think.
02:31
It's just again, another little garnish trick.
02:35
So that is a great champagne cocktail for you to try,
02:38
much different than your brunch variety.
02:40
A little bit dryer, a little bit more serious,
02:42
and fortified by the gin.
02:44
French 75.
02:47
(bubbly electronic music)