Classic French 75 Cocktail Recipe

The French 75 cocktail was named after the WWI French 75mm light field canon, and is both a strong and easy to sip cocktail. The French 75 has an alcohol by volume of around 15%. The first publication of this cocktail was in the 1928 book “Here’s How!” by Judge Jr. His recipe is as follows: 2 jiggers Gordon water; 1 part lemon juice; a spoonful of powdered sugar; cracked ice. Fill up the rest of a tall glass with champagne! Think of it as a John Collins but made with Champagne instead of soda water. This was originally served as a highball style cocktail with ice but it is more common to see it served today more elegantly in a Champagne flute without ice. There is an earlier reference to a cocktail called the “75” in Harry MacElhone’s 1922 book “The ABCs of Mixing Cocktails” but that was a completely different drink that contained brandy, grenadine, and absinthe, which resembled more of the Monkey Gland cocktail than a French 75.

French 75 Cocktail
French 75 Cocktail

French 75 Recipe:

  • 60 mls (2 oz) Dry Gin
  • 30 mls (1 oz) Lemon Juice
  • 30 mls (1 oz) Simple Syrup
  • 150 mls (5 oz) Sparkling Wine

Combine all ingredients except for the sparkling wine in a shaker with ice. Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted. Pour into the serving glass. Lastly, gently pour the sparkling wine into the glass so it evenly mix with the other ingredients and keeps as much of its carbonation as possible.

ABV = 15%

Originated from Paris, France


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