French 75 Cocktail – this classic cocktail recipe dates back to 1915. A champagne cocktail that is perfect for celebrations or any time you want a sparkling cocktail. Made with gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and champagne.
I love champagne. I love it’s crisp, bright flavor. It’s fun bubbles. But even more than champagne, I love champagne cocktails.
French 75 Cocktail
The French 75 cocktail was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris, by Harry MacElhone. The bar was later renamed Harry’s New York Bar. The name of the cocktail comes from the idea that it has such a kick to it that it felt like being shelled by a French 75mm field gun!
Yes, it’s potent, but it goes down so easy! It’s also so easy to make! To make a French 75 cocktail, simply shake gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and ice in your favorite cocktail shaker. Strain into a flute or highball glass. Top off with the champagne and garnish with lemon twist. We use a channel knife to get a pretty twist.
French 75 Cocktail Variations
The two most common variations of the French 75 Cocktail are the French 76 Cocktail and the French 77 Cocktail.
The French 76 Cocktail replace the gin in the French 75 with vodka. It lets the flavor from the sparkling wine shine through a bit more.
The French 77 Cocktail uses elderflower liqueur in place of the gin. This is my favorite variation, softly floral, really elegant.
I found this recipe in one of our go to cocktail books: The New Cocktail Hour by André Darlington and Tenaya Darlington.
French 75 Cocktail
- 1 ounce gin
- 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 4 ounces champagne
- lemon peel for garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice.
- Add gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to cocktail shaker. Shake for about 15 seconds.
- Strain into a flute glass and top with the champagne.
- Run the lemon peel around the edge of the glass and then drop into the cocktail.
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