Monday is Bastille Day, the French national Day celebrated every July 14 to commemorate the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille in 1798. It’s a lot like our Fourth of July. And we Americans know it’s not a celebration without a good drink. So, this week, we’re mixing up a French 75.

This classic cocktail is said to have been created at the New York Bar in Paris in 1915 and is named for a piece of French artillery. It’s made with gin, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup, and Champagne and it’s a perfectly refreshing drink to sip in the summertime. It’s generally not made with ice, but I like to use one large ice cube to keep it cool.

French 75

1 ounce gin
½ ounce simple syrup
½ ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Garnish: Lemon twist

Glassware: Coupe, champagne or stemless wine glass

Method: Add the gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker, then add a handful of ice. Shake well and strain into the glass. Top it off with Champagne, garnish with a lemon twist, and enjoy.