French 75 Recipe: Classic Cocktails

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We are big fans of Champagne cocktails around here and have created many of our own, from Mom’s Italian Soda to The Fifteen. The French 75 — an absolute classic — is basically the mother of all sparkling cocktails.

French 75 cocktail in a champagne flute with a lemon twist garnish, on a dark background, with ingredients behind the glass

Why we love this recipe

It doesn’t get more classic, nor more drinkable, than the French 75. This classic Champagne cocktail with gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup tastes — for lack of a better term, since there’s really nothing better in the world — like It Girl candy. It will transport you to Paris in five minutes flat, including the time it takes to gather the ingredients. What’s not to love?

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French 75 Ingredients

To make this classic cocktail, you will need:

  • A good London dry gin (here we’re using Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin)
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1:1 simple syrup
  • Champagne or another good bubbly wine (here we’re using Chandon Brut)
  • A lemon twist to garnish
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How to make a French 75

Here’s all you need to do to make this French 75 recipe:

  • Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
  • Pour in the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  • Shake well until very cold and then pour into a Champagne flute.
  • Top with Champagne, garnish with a lemon twist, and serve.

A fun twist

For a fun, springy twist on the French 75, you might also like our Sour Cherry French 75.

French 75 cocktail in a champagne flute with a lemon twist garnish, on a dark background, with ingredients next to the glass

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French 75 Recipe

The French 75 is one of the most drinkable, and most adaptable, classic cocktails. You'll see a lot of variations with added flavors, and many of them are lovely. But the light, bright balance of flavors works beautifully just the way it is, and it's worth getting to know in its original form. Here's how to make this classic French 75 recipe.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce 1:1 simple syrup
  • 2 ounces Champagne
  • 1 lemon twist, to garnish

Directions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Pour in gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup, and shake very well.
  2. Strain gin mixture into a Champagne flute. Top with Champagne.
  3. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve.

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Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving:

Calories:: 300

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