French 75 – Original Recipe & History

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French 75 Cocktail
French 75 Cocktail

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 of Gordon water; 1 part of lemon juice; a spoonful of powdered sugar; cracked ice. Fill up the rest of a tall glass with champagne! Think of it like a John Collins but made with Champagne instead of soda water. This was initially 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.


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French 75

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Learn how to make the French 75.


  • 1 oz Lemon Juice

  • 1 oz Simple Syrup

  • 2 oz Dry Gin

  • 5 oz Sparkling Wine


  • Combine all ingredients except for the sparkling wine in a shaker with ice.
  • Gently throw the drink between the two shaking tins so it will chill without over diluting.
  • 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.

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