This recipe, given to us by author and former Gramercy Tavern managing partner Nick Mautone, is a classic. Named after a piece of World War I–era artillery, the French 75 was originally made with gin. Over time it became more popular made with brandy.
- 6 cubes brown or white sugar, or 3 teaspoons granulated brown or white sugar
- 12 dashes orange bitters
- 6 ounces brandy (or gin)
- 6 lemon wedges
- 1 bottle sparkling wine, chilled
- 6 orange twists
- 1In each of 6 chilled fluted glasses place 1 sugar cube or 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 2 dashes of the orange bitters, and 1 ounce of the brandy (or gin).
- 2Squeeze a lemon wedge into each glass and discard the wedge. Stir.
- 3Divide the sparkling wine evenly among the glasses, garnish each glass with an orange twist, and serve.
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