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Recipe: French 75 | Monteiths Edinburgh

Scottish Food Recipes & Tasting Notes

We’re a passionate bunch at Monteiths with a real flavour for freshly prepared, locally sourced Scottish food alongside great cocktails. Our team have curated a selection of great food & drink Scottish recipes for you to try at home. Hopefully these give you a taste of what we’re all about.

French 75

Despite the World War raging in 1915, Paris was still a hotbed of glitz and glamour that produced many classic cocktail serves. The New York Bar was at the forefront of cocktail culture and is credted as the birthplace of the bloody mary, the side car and many more. Perhaps the most decadent of the drinks created in this bar is the “French 75” created by Harry MacElhone (who later went on to buy the bar and grow it’s fame exponentially).

The gin and champagne cocktail was said to have such a kick that it was named after the French 75mm Field Gun of the day; a lightweight piece of artillery that delivered heavy hits! It’s certainly a lively cocktail and perhaps the ultimate in classic drinks.

At Monteiths we favour Hayman’s Old Tom Gin and a charge of classic Moët & Chandon Brut champagne. To make the drink at home simply shake the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup over ice before straining into a Collins glass half full of ice, topping with champagne and garnishing with a lemon twist.


35ml Hayman’s Old Tom Gin
12.5ml lemon juice
7ml sugar syrup
Charge Moët & Chandon Brut champagne
Skewered lemon twist

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