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French 75

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The French 75 is a show-stopping cocktail, so let’s talk about it. This drink is a combination of elegance and pleasant flavors, making it ideal for any occasion. Its unique blend of gin, lemon juice, sugar, and champagne produces a crisp and elegant flavor. Whether you’re celebrating a big occasion or simply want to enjoy a classic cocktail, the French 75 is sure to amaze.

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Tasting Notes

Fragrant notes harmonize in the French 75. The zesty flavor of freshly squeezed lemon juice will come on second, after the gin’s crisp, botanical aromas. A little sugar brings out the sweetness, and the frothy, effervescent allure of champagne rounds it all out. It’s a refreshing, balanced beverage with a lovely, lingering finish.

Equipment and Glassware

A cocktail shaker, a strainer, and a measuring jigger are required to make a French 75 drink. This type of drink is traditionally served in a flute glass, which preserves the champagne bubbles and improves the whole experience.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Gin
  • 1/2 oz. Fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. Sugar or 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 3 oz. Champagne or sparkling wine
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, and sugar with ice.
  2. Shake well until the mixture is well chilled.
  3. Strain into a flute glass.
  4. Top with champagne or sparkling wine.
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Pro Tips

  • Fresh lemon juice produces the greatest flavor.
  • Adjust the sugar to your preference; more for a sweeter drink, less for a sharper flavor.
  • To make sure your flute glass stays chilled for longer, chill it ahead of time.
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When to Serve

The French 75 is versatile. It’s ideal for brunch, a joyous toast, or a sophisticated pre-dinner drink. Its refreshing character makes it ideal for both summer gatherings and extravagant winter celebrations.

What Liquor Brands to Choose?

For a more traditional flavor, choose a dry gin such as Tanqueray or Beefeater. A Brut champagne style complements the drink’s freshness without excessive sweetness.

Similar Cocktails 

  • Mimosa: A simple, effervescent combination of orange juice and champagne.
  • Bellini: For a sweet touch, combine peach puree with prosecco.
  • Kir Royale: Crème de cassis topped with champagne for a fruity flavor.
  • Negroni Sbagliato: A variation on the classic Negroni that uses prosecco instead of gin.
  • Aperol Spritz: A refreshing combination of Aperol, Prosecco, and soda water.

History

Going all the way back to the First World War, the French 75 has an extensive history. It was named after the French 75mm field cannon, which is famed for its accuracy and power. The drink was supposed to provide a kick that felt like being shelled with a powerful weapon. It has evolved over time but remains a popular classic.

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french 75 cocktail on a bar

French 75

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 3 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Champagne, French 75, Gin, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Try the timeless French 75 cocktail—a delightful combination of champagne, gin, lemon, and sugar—for a light and elegant drink.

Instructions

  • In a cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, and sugar with ice.
  • Shake well until the mixture is well chilled.
  • Strain into a flute glass.
  • Top with champagne or sparkling wine.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist.

Notes

Can you create a French 75 without champagne?

Yes, sparkling wine is an excellent substitute for champagne, preserving the drink’s lively flavor.
Is it necessary to use gin?

In the traditional sense, sure; but if you’re looking for a shakeup, try using vodka.
How can I create a non-alcoholic version?
Instead of gin, use a non-alcoholic spirit, and replace the champagne with sparkling grape juice or non-alcoholic sparkling wine.
What is the difference between a gin fizz and a French 75?

Both the French 75 and the gin fizz are made with lemon juice, gin, and bubbles, but the French 75 is made with champagne where the gin fizz uses club soda.
Why do they call it a French 75?

The name French 75 comes from the 75mm Howitzer field gun used by the French and the Americans in World War 1. The drink was said to have such a kick that it felt like taking a hit from the gun!
Do they drink the French 75 in France?

Yes, you can order a French 75 in France, where it’s likely to be called The Canon de 75 modéle 1897.
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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