6 Classic French Cocktails - with an Original Twist

Bonjour, mon amie! The French national holiday, Bastille Day falls on July 14th but you can enjoy these classic French cocktails anytime... with an original twist.
With overseas travel out of reach for the short term, why not transport yourself to a faraway destination by whipping up a classic cocktail from places on your bucket list.
So pop on a beret, grab a baguette and transport yourself and your friends to France with these Parisian sips.  

French 75 

French 75 Cocktail 
This delightfully elegant cocktail was created in Paris in 1915 at the New York Bar (later Harry’s New York Bar) and is said to be named after the famous and super effective French 75-millimeter light field gun used by the French in WW1. The combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being hit with the small but explosive canon.
Over the years there have been a couple of different versions of the 75. The commonality between all versions is that they contain Gin, and while the modern recipe calls for Gin, Lemon Juice, Champagne and sugar at least 3 previous versions included Grenadine.
15ml simple syrup
15ml Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
45ml Original Classic Dry Gin
45ml Champagne or similar (i.e Prosecco)
Lemon peel for garnish
    1. Combine all ingredients except Champagne
    2. Shake with ice
    3. Strain into a Champagne Flute or Saucer
    4. Top with Champagne
    5. Garnish with lemon twist
    The Original Twist;  with a nod to earlier versions, you can mix up a Pink French 75 using Pink Grapefruit & Pomegranate Ginfusion in place of lemon juice, or, try the Peach French 75 with our Summer Peach with Passionfruit Ginfusion.


    Pink 75

    Pink French 75
    5ml simple syrup
    30ml Pink Grapefruit with Pomegranate Ginfusion
    Champagne or sparkling wine
    Lemon peel for garnish
      See French 75 method.

      Peach French 75

      Peach French 75
      5ml simple syrup
      30ml Summer Peach with Passionfruit Ginfusion
      Champagne or sparkling wine
      A sliver of peach for garnish
         See French 75 method.


        Sidecar Cocktail
        Thought to have been invented at the end of WW1, there are varying reports of the origins of this classic. The Ritz in Paris has claimed the drink however it is also said that Harry’s New York Bar in Paris is where it was created. What everyone seems to agree on though, is that it was named after the motorcycle sidecar so popular at the time.
        The main ingredients of a Sidecar are traditionally Cognac, Cointreau and lemon juice. In earlier times a Sidecar would come with a sugared glass rim to offset any bitterness. The sugared rim has since been removed by many modern bartenders with some preferring to leave it out altogether or substitute for a touch of simple syrup.
        Our Original twist on the sidecar uses our EXQ Harvest Blend; simple syrup optional.
        30ml Cognac or EXQ Harvest Blend
        22.5ml Cointreau
        22.5ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice
        Lemon peel for garnish
        Optional dash of simple syrup
          1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice
          2. Shake vigourously for 20 sec
          3. Strain into a chilled coupe glass
          4. Garnish with lemon twist

          Black Rose

          Black Rose Cocktail
          The Black Rose is a raspberry flavoured version of the 1920’s Rose Cocktail invented in Paris in the 1920’s. The Rose Cocktail is said to be a variation on the classic Martini.
          This one definitely packs a punch with the Chambord adding a fruity edge. Our Original twist simply swaps the Chambord with our Blood Orange & Japanese Ginfusion.
          60 ml Original Classic Dry Gin
          22.5ml Dry vermouth
          22.5ml Chambord
          Blackberries for Garnish
            1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker
            2. Add ice and shake
            3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
            4. Garnish with blackberries 

            French Martini

            French Martini
            The French Martini came on the scene in the 1980’s, but It’s really not a martini at all. It was named due to the use of French black raspberry liqueur and was generally served in the classic V shaped ‘Martini’ glass.
            45ml Classic Dry Gin
            15ml Chambord
            45ml Pineapple Juice
              1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice
              2. Shake vigourously
              3. Strain into a chilled coupe glass
              Our Original twist; Substitue with Blood Orange with Japanese Ginfusion in place of Chambord and serve in a coupe glass.
              Have you substituted Ginfusion in any of your favourite cocktails? We'd love to hear and see your original creations featuring your orginal spirits. Tag @originalspiritco on Facebook or Instagram or email us at info@originalspiritco.com
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