Sofia Coppola And The French 75
By Renee Hernandez
When Sofia Coppola was prepping for Marie Antoinette in Paris, her brother Roman took her to Bar Hemingway at the Ritz Paris and introduced her to the classic cocktail The French 75, a drink first created in Paris and named after a famous artillery gun used in World War I. Known as the "Soixante Quinze" in French, the heady concoction of gin, sparkling wine, lemon juice, and sugar is said to have a kick akin to being fired from a French 75mm field gun. Since then the Coppolas love serving this “delicious, but lethal” cocktail at family parties.
In this video, I show how to make the classic French 75 the Coppola way... using Sofia Blanc de Blancs from the Francis Ford Coppola Winery.
THE FRENCH 75
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- 2 ounces gin*
- 3 ounces plus 1 tablespoon chilled Sofia Blanc de Blancs†
- Lemon peel
- Mix lemon juice, powdered sugar, and gin.
- Pour into a tall glass with ice.
- Top with Sofia Blanc de Blancs.
- Garnish with the lemon peel.
Serve immediately. À votre santé !
* I used New Amsterdam Gin because I love the light, crisp, citrus flavor and the juniper is not too overpowering. That’s just my personal preference.
† To chill a bottle, place it in an ice bucket with equal parts ice and water for 25 minutes, or refrigerate for 3-4 hours. You may substitute champagne or other sparkling wine for the Sofia Blanc de Blancs.
Sofia Coppola and The French 75 cocktail film stills © 2013 Renee Hernandez. All Rights Reserved.