The Ritz London's French 75

The French 75 dates back to 1915, when the combination of gin and Champagne was said to have such a kick, it felt like being shelled by the powerful French 75mm field gun. The Ritz uses its own house Champagne for this cocktail, made by the Barons de Rothschild, but you can pick a label of your choice.

22 April 2020

Ingredients

(makes one)

30ml Bombay Gin
20ml lemon juice
Champagne
Grapefruit bitters
A maraschino cherry

Stock Syrup:

390g caster sugar
60g glucose
450ml water

Method

To make the stock syrup, weigh the sugar into a saucepan and form a well in the centre. Weigh the glucose into the well (this will prevent the glucose sticking to the side of the pan). Pour in the water and bring to boil. Stir with a balloon whisk to ensure that the sugar and glucose do not caramelize on the side of the pan. Once boiled, remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. The syrup can be stored in an airtight container for one month.

Combine the Bombay Gin with 10ml Stock Syrup and lemon juice. Add a dash of grapefruit bitters and shake. Top up with Champagne and serve in a Champagne flute, with a Marsachino cherry (we use Luxardo) in the bottom of the glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

This recipe is from The Ritz London: The Cookbook, published by Mitchell Beazley and priced at £30, theritzlondon.com