Back to the Basics Once More

A French 75, the Domain WeHo Way

Today, we’re popping open the bubbly and toasting to one of our favorite old Hollywood cocktails: the French 75, or as they say in French, a Soixante Quinze (seventy-five).

Supposedly named for the light artillery gun that became a symbol of victory in World War I, this boozy beverage has made drinkers swoon for more than a century thanks to its easy elegance and subtly sweet effervescence. The story goes that the French 75 was one of the only cocktails to have been created during the Prohibition, when the allure of contraband liquor inspired waves of creative concoctions that offered glamour and, above all, good taste.

The ingredients are standard: champagne, gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. The combination of gin, lemon juice, and champagne brings out the best in each: it’s tart, refreshing and herbal, with just the right amount of carbonation. To make your own, fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add one ounce of gin, a half ounce of lemon juice and simple syrup each, then shake well. Strain into a chilled flute and stir in four ounces of champagne (or a little more if you like extra fizz).

Whether you’re hosting a housewarming party from Domain WeHo’s Sky Lounge, or having Sunday brunch at the Doheny Room on Santa Monica Boulevard, the classic French 75 is your perfect go-to cocktail. Cheers!

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