Classic French 75, Our Take On The Art of Mixing This Sophisticated Cocktail

Crafting the Quintessential French 75

Hello, fellow gin enthusiasts! I’m thrilled to share with you the journey of crafting one of the most sophisticated and delightful cocktails—the French 75—using our very own 43% abv Welsh Gin here at Snowdonia Spirit Co. This cocktail, with its rich history and elegant simplicity, beautifully showcases the versatility and character of our gin. I invite you to join me as we delve into the art of mixing this exquisite drink, perfect for any celebration or a quiet evening at home.

A Brief History of the French 75

The French 75, or ‘Soixante Quinze,’ is a classic cocktail believed to have originated during World War I. Named after the powerful French 75mm field gun, the cocktail was reputed for its potent kick, much like the artillery piece it was named after. Originally crafted in Paris, the drink became a staple in American and European cocktail culture, often celebrated for its ability to blend the sharpness of gin with the bubbly charm of champagne.

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Choosing the Right Ingredients

To start, let’s discuss the ingredients that make the French 75 a timeless cocktail. Traditionally, this drink requires:
•Lemon juice: The freshness of the lemon adds a zesty, vibrant note.
•Sugar syrup: For a touch of sweetness to balance the acidity.
•Gin: A crucial component, and in our case, the Snowdonia Spirit Co’s Welsh Dry Gin adds a layer of complexity with its botanical mix.
•Champagne: To top it off, adding effervescence and elegance. Find a great choice of Champagne you can buy online here.
•Ice: To chill and dilute the cocktail to perfection.
•Lemon zest: A garnish that enhances the aroma and provides a beautiful visual appeal.

Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Begin by combining 20ml of fresh lemon juice with 10ml of sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker. To this, add 30ml of our Snowdonia Spirit Co’s Welsh Dry Gin. Fill the shaker with ice, sealing the cap tightly.

Step 2: Shake the mixture vigorously. The shaking not only chills the drink but also helps to dilute and mix the ingredients thoroughly, ensuring a smooth blend. Once shaken, strain the mixture into a chilled champagne flute. Initially, top it with a small amount of champagne and let it settle. This step is crucial as it prevents the drink from overflowing due to the champagne’s effervescence.

Finally: Top up with more champagne, and gently swirl the mix with a cocktail stirrer. If desired, garnish with a thin strip of lemon zest, adding an aromatic allure to your elegant French 75.

The Role of our Welsh Dry Gin

At Snowdonia Spirit Co, we take pride in our Welsh Dry Gin, distilled with a unique blend of the finest botanicals. With a robust 43% abv, our gin provides the perfect backbone for the French 75, infusing the cocktail with a crisp and refreshing taste that complements the smoothness of the champagne. Our signature gin’s bold character stands up to the strong flavours and ensures that each sip is as memorable as the last.

Occasions to Celebrate with a French 75

The French 75 is versatile, making it perfect for various occasions. Whether it’s a celebration like a wedding toast or a New Year’s Eve party, or simply enjoying a quiet moment of reflection, this cocktail adds a touch of sophistication and joy. Its historical roots and elegant presentation make it a conversation starter and a showstopper at any event.

Final Thoughts

Mixing a French 75 with our Welsh Dry Gin is not just about following a recipe; it’s about experiencing the history, the art, and the craft of cocktail-making. It’s about enjoying the moment, whether you’re surrounded by friends or savouring the peace of your own company. So, gather your ingredients, and let’s toast to good health, great gin, and timeless cocktails!

Iechyd Da from all of us at Snowdonia Spirit Co!


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