French 75 Cocktail

The French 75 is a classic cocktail made with gin and lemon. It’s sophisticated and perfect for celebrations of all kinds!

French 75 cocktail

Here’s one of the most sophisticated and refreshing cocktails out there: a French 75! It’s got a mysterious name, but it’s made with a few simple ingredients. It’s tangy, bubbly, and a bit botanical, and it makes every occasion more festive! Perfect for entertaining, use it as a brunch drink or a dinner party with friends. Really, any occasion is better with this drink in hand! Here’s how to make it.

Want more ideas? Check out our Easy Champagne Cocktails, including Classic, Cranberry, St Germain and more.

What is a French 75?

A French 75 is just a fancy name for a champagne cocktail made with gin! It’s a classic alcoholic drink on the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails. Alex and I love how the flavor is complex and tangy, and the mouthfeel is bubbly. Here’s what’s in a classic French 75 cocktail:

Because Alex and I like naturally sweet cocktails, we used pure maple syrup instead of simple syrup in our recipe. We find it is a gentler sweetener than sugar. We use this trick in many of our classic cocktails, from our gin fizz to classic daiquiri to whiskey sour. But of course you can use simple syrup instead if you prefer!

French 75 cocktail

Why is it called French 75?

That was my question when Alex first served me this drink! Most sources say that French 75 was invented in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris. It got this name because it was as powerful as a French 75mm field gun. Whatever the case, the name is just plain fun to say: another reason why I love this classic champagne cocktail!

Is French 75 a girly drink?

Drinking a delicious champagne cocktail has nothing to do with gender! Yes, cocktails made with champagne are sometimes called “girly.”But the French 75 is something anyone can drink. (And that’s a fact!)

Can you make a non-alcoholic French 75?

Yes, you can make a French 75 without alcohol! Just substitute non-alcoholic sparkling cider, grape juice, or wine for the champagne. These days there are some great non-alcoholic sparkling wine options on the market. Check your local grocery to see what is available.

Making mocktails or 0 proof cocktails are great for including people who don’t drink alcohol, pregnant women, or kids. Our son always wants to drink what we’re having. So make up a batch of kiddie French 75 cocktails for the young ones! (How cute would that be?)

How to make a lemon twist

Wondering how to make a lemon twist?

Half of the fun of a French 75 is the garnish. How to make a lemon twist for a drink? Alex figured out a way to make this classic garnish using no special tools. Go to How to Make a Lemon Twist (with a Knife!).

Any cocktail shaker recommendations?

If you make cocktails often, it’s worth buying a cocktail shaker! It quickly chills cocktails by shaking them against ice. It has a perforated lid so you can easily strain out the cocktail. Here’s the cocktail shaker we use: 24-Ounce Cocktail Shaker | Amazon

What’s a substitute for a cocktail shaker? If you want to make this French 75 without one, here’s what you can do: Use a glass mason jar instead! Place the cocktail in the jar and fill it with ice. Then screw on the top and shake. When you pour out the cocktail, use a mesh strainer to keep the ice inside the mason jar.

French 75

When to serve a French 75

This classic champagne cocktail is festive and makes any occasion more celebratory! Here are some great times to serve a French 75:

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French 75 cocktail

French 75 Cocktail


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x

Description

The French 75 is a classic cocktail made with gin and lemon. It’s sophisticated and perfect for celebrations of all kinds!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons gin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice  (plus lemon twist garnish, optional)
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or simple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons champagne (1/2 glass)*

Instructions

  1. Make the lemon twist garnish, if using.
  2. Place the gin, lemon juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake 15 seconds until cold. Strain the liquid into a champagne flute.
  3. Top off the glass with champagne (no need to measure). Garnish and serve. (Note: You can also make a large batch of gin, lemon juice, and syrup ahead if desired, then measure out 6 tablespoons per glass.)

Notes

*You’ll get about 8 to 10 drinks per 1 bottle of champagne. Make it non-alcoholic by using non-alcoholic sparkling wine.

  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: French 75, French 75 Cocktail

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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