A lovely drink for brunch, pre-dinner, or as a nightcap, the French 75 is one of the most versatile cocktails we know. Our recipe came to us via ex–Gramercy Tavern managing partner (and author) Nick Mautone. It’s a subtle twist on a classic, especially if you use brown instead of white sugar. Named after a piece of World War I–era artillery, the French 75 was originally made with gin. Over time it became more popular with brandy (specifically Cognac) as the fortifying spirit.