The French 75 Cocktail
New Orleans’ heritage of living under the French flag has always sparked popularity of the French 75 cocktail. It is topped off with champagne and, contrary to widespread belief, is made with cognac, not gin. During WWI officers and soldiers going into battle were fortified, appropriately enough, with French champagne and cognac. The powerful drink’s name stems from the 75 mm howitzers that were placed along the Maginot Line.
The French 75 has always been served at Arnaud’s, but it has returned to popularity with the resurgence of interest in cocktails. It would be difficult to imagine a happier combination than fine champagne and excellent cognac.
Excerpt from Arnaud’s Cookbook, by Kit Wohl