75 Cocktail

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The 75 cocktail is the recipe that might be the original French 75.


Coctails and how to mix them, by Robert Vermiere, 1922

'75 Cocktail

  • 2 dashes grenadine
  • 1 teaspoonful lemon juice
  • 1/6 gill Calvados
  • 2/6 gill Dry Gin

Shake well and strain into a Cocktail glass.

"This Cocktail was very well appreciated in Paris during the war. It has been called after the famous light French field gun, and was introduced by Henry of Henry's bar fame in Paris."

Harry's ABC of Mixing Cocktails, by Harry MacElhone, 1922

'75 Cocktail

  • 1 teaspoonful of Absinthe
  • 2/3 Calvados
  • 1/3 Gin
  • Shake and Strain

"This cocktail was very popular in France during the war, and named after the French light field gun."

The Artistry of Mixing Drinks, by Frank Meier, 1933

Seventy Five ("75")

In shaker: a teaspoon of Anis "Pernod fils", the juice of one-quarter lemon, one-half glass of Gin; shake well, strain into small wineglass, fill with Champagne and serve.

There is a reference to Frank Meier, and his "75", "soixante-quinze" in French; "The Washington Post", 29th April 1923:

"Like Frank's "soixante-quinze" gloom raiser, the monkey gland requires absinthe to be perfect, but its amateurs have found anise a substitute with a sufficient kick."

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