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Legendary Bar Hemingway at Ritz Paris shares recipe for French 75 cocktail.

BY editors | Aug 8, 2017 | Opinion

Clink, fizz and pop: summer’s soundtrack is made by ice cubes, glasses and bubbly. They jazz up any dinner party or Sunday brunch. Colin Field, who helms the historic Bar Hemingway at the Ritz Paris, shares his recipe for the classic French 75 cocktail, made with gin, lemon and Champagne.

Bar Hemingway is a small, intimate enclave at the rear of the five-star hotel, frozen nostalgically and elegantly in the 1920s, and Ernest Hemingway was perhaps its most famous and loyal client.

In homage to the novelist, the bar is distinctly masculine and stately, with studded leather armchairs, a wood-panelled bar, and a horned animal head hanging proudly on the wall. Vintage typewriters, handwritten letters and portraits of Hemingway likewise line the walls. 

Colin Field (Photo: Christophe Madamour)

Field has joined the establishment in 1994, going on to be named the world's greatest bartender by Forbes magazine. He created the barman programme for France's Meilleur Ouvrier de France at the Sorbonne that recognises the best tradesmen and women in their category in France. 

Bar Hemingway charges USD35 (RM150) per cocktail. For those of us without Swiss bank accounts, Field shares a recipe for the French 75, a classic that's said to have such a kick; it feels like being shelled by a French 75mm field gun.

It’s important to serve the drink in a highball glass, says Field – not a champagne flute – to replicate the field gun used in the First World War.


2 cL gin
1 cL lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar
Half a lemon
Half an orange or clementine
Champagne to top


Dissolve sugar in gin and lemon juice. Add lemon and orange slices. Top with champagne.