It was on this day, 226 years ago, that the citizens of Paris took matters into their own hands.
Worried about being attacked by the Royal Army, they stormed the Bastille, a prison and fortress with a large cache of gunpowder and guns. More than 100 attackers and defenders died in the battle. It was the start of the ten-year French Revolution.
Why toast Bastille Day here in the United States? Because the French and American revolutions are forever entwined.
The French supported us during our rebellion against the British. Our Declaration of Independence was a major influence in France and led to their Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Both are considered two of the greatest arguments for human rights ever written.
That’s something worth celebrating.
The French 75
Dating back to 1915 at the New York bar in Paris, this cocktail is said to be like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun.
Take all the ingredients, minus the Champagne, and pour them into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a glass, preferably a Champagne flute. Top with the Champagne and garnish with lemon twist.
For the first anniversary of Bastille Day and to show support for French unity, tens of thousands of Parisians came together in what became known as Fête de la Fédération. Other impromptu celebrations sprang up in hundreds of other towns and village across France as well.
Combine vodka and orange liqueur in a mixing glass, over ice. Stir well. Add ginger ale, swirl, and strain into cocktail glass. Top with Champagne or sparkling wine, garnish with a mint leaf.
Join us today as we at Rogue Spirits lift our glasses to Liberté, égalité, fraternité!