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 Named after a piece of World War I–era artillery, the French 75 was originally made with gin (see the video on this page with Charlotte Voisey making that version). Over time it became more popular with brandy (specifically Cognac) as the fortifying spirit. Pair it with one of our Valentine’s Day recipes for a cozy night in.