Berry 75

The Berry 75 is a variation of the French 75 and is a perfect complement to summer. This recipe came from David Strauss of The Hubert Newsom Real Estate Co. and yes that is a bar. The original French 75 was Harry MacElhorne New York bar in Paris.

Harry gave the foundation to a classic recipe and one that could be played with and manipulated to best fix a region or time. This is what makes a cocktail really special it is why you see so many great fizzes or margaritas for that matter. A cocktail is at its best when you can give it life with one or two new ingredients or different ingredients. David Strauss did just that by supplementing cognac a French spirit for gin and adding a blackberry to the original recipe. I know it may sound simple, the bottom line is seeing if it is balance and works. In this case the rich flavors of the cognac and make for wonderful playmates themselves and the lemon juice, simple syrup and champagne stay right in tune with the new additions making for an easy drinking and fun summer cocktail.

Berry 75

  • 1 ¼ oz. Cognac
  • ¾ oz. Lemon juice
  • ¾ oz. Simple syrup
  • Fill with champagne
  • 1 Blackberry


In a Boston glass add the blackberry, lemon juice, simple syrup and cognac. Fill with ice shake hard, strain in into a champagne flute glass top with champagne no garnish.


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