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French 75 #2
5 oz. Champagne
1/4 oz. Cointreau
1/4 oz. gin
1/4 oz. lemon juice

Fill mixing glass with cracked ice. Add gin, Cointreau, and lemon juice. Shake thoroughly. Strain into a champagne flute and top with champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Some people believe this recipe is the true original; we think you should try both! This intoxicating champagne cocktail was named after a French 75-millimeter gun used in World War I. Many American bartenders claimed to have invented the drink. One recipe, from 1919, called for absinthe, Calvados and gin, but no champagne. Supposedly, the champagne version was introduced at Harry's New York Bar in Paris in 1925. Or the cocktail might have originated with American soldiers in Paris, who added gin and liqueur to champagne to crank up its potency.

added February 19, 2008

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