The French 75 is one of my favorite drinks- citrusy, a hint of sweetness, juniper and effervescent - delicious. In 1915 Harry MacElhone created a mix of gin, Champagne, lemon juice and sugar behind the stick at his famous Parisian Harry's New York Bar. The 'kick' of the drink was likened to being shelled by the French 75mm field artillery gun, and the name stuck. Original printed recipes use gin, but there is some debate that the drink is Cognac based (I'm sticking with the 1930 version printed first in the Savoy Cocktail Book).
Great cocktails are all around us, and not just at the very visible well regarded bars. It's certainly a great time to be drinking in Boston. Surprising places, that fly under the radar, have commitment to fresh ingredients and care in their drinks. So, speaking of the French 75, Haru restaurant on Huntington Avenue is celebrating the New Year with a Japanese-French hybrid, their Yuzu French 75. Best part? They will be pouring it through February for only $7- now that's an alliance I can get behind.
Yuzu French 75 1.5 oz Bombay Sapphire, .5 oz lemon juice, .5 oz simple syrup, .25 oz pure yuzu juice (East Asian citrus akin to sour mandarin- looks a bit like a small grapefruit), Champagne float, lemon peel garnish.
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