This is the French 75 as served at Oven and Shaker where I had a lovely mother’s day brunch.
I first learned about this drink from Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, where it sits as a somewhat odd duck. I think the major reason it’s there is that most bar guides call for it to be made with cognac instead of gin.
Oven and shaker goes for the Gin version, putting 1oz of the local Aviation Gin, 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice, 1/2 oz simple syrup and 3oz champagne.
Vintage spirits calls for about double the gin and lemon and a garnish of a lemon spiral and a cherry. The addition here of a california strawberry that you could eat like a handfruit was a nice touch.
A smooth drink that gives credence to gun that gives it the name. My mother was the one who ordered this and she thought it was a touch heavy on the lemon, I felt that with a bite of strawberry it came out just right. Seeing the recipe in vintage spirits with double the lemon makes me think they’re using a poorer quality gin at Dr. Cocktails house. Aviation works wonders here and I think this will be making an appearance at my own house around new years, when I have a bottle of champagne to use up.