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April 14, 2023updated May 05, 2023

Pink French 75 by Martini & Rossi 

Cocktail of the Week: The classic French 75 uses gin, lemon juice, sugar and champagne.

By Samantha Coles

Looks aren’t everything, but an aesthetically pleasing cocktail always delights even before the first sip. The Pink French 75’s dreamy blush shade makes it almost too pretty to drink. 

The French 75’s origins date back to World War I; its name is said to come from the French 75mm field gun as the cocktail packs such a punch that it is likened to the gun’s power. It is thought to have been created at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, a preferred haunt of American expatriates and French soldiers. 

The recipe soon found its way into other bars and restaurants across Paris before garnering a more international audience when it was featured in the 1927 edition of The Savoy Cocktail Book. 

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The classic French 75 uses gin, lemon juice, sugar and champagne. This version calls for Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rosé, hence the pink hue. The rosé is made from grapes harvested from the Piedmont region of Italy and has a blend of red and white grapes including Mocato, Prosecco and Brachetto. 

The wine is fermented using the Charmat method, a five-stage process where the second fermentation takes place in a pressurized tank (rather than in the bottle). This second fermentation process lasts between 3-12 months and the method helps to preserve the wine’s delicate flavors and aromas, resulting in a crisp, refreshing taste with notes of peach and apricot. 

Pink French 75

Ingredients:

– 3oz Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rose
– 1oz. Bombay Sapphire
– 0.5oz lemon juice
– 1 tsp sugar

Method: 

Mix all ingredients except for the rosé in a shaker and pour into a coupe glass. Top with the rosé. Garnish with a lemon twist.

See more Cocktail of the Week recipes here.

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