French 75 Cocktail Recipe

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French 75 Cocktail Recipe – this classic cocktail is perfectly refreshing, citrus-y and sparkling!  A fun gin cocktail that is perfect for toasting that special occasion or just sipping at your next night out!  

There is just something about a classic cocktail.  The combinations just work. You wouldn’t always think to put them together, but you do and they are delicious.  A Vodka Gimlet is just 2 ingredients and so simple. But so tasty.  Which is definitely the case with this French 75 cocktail as well.  

French 75 Recipe is a classic cocktail that is super easy to make

 

Why do they call it a French 75

Well it all dates back to World War I.  It is named after the French 75 millimeter light field gun that was part of the French military.  The gun was known for its portability as well as rate of fire.  So I guess you could say the drink is something that is good for any occasion and packs a punch. Which it definitely does!  The gin with the champagne makes it easy to make and definitely something you want to sip on.  

I had never actually had this cocktail until a few years ago.  It was on a cruise and we asked the bartender for a recommendation.  We got to talking and he recommended that we celebrate with this.  It is the perfect balance of citrus and bubbly.  If you are a fan of champagne on its own you will definitely love it.  If champagne isn’t your favorite, trust me and try this!  The gin and lemon juice do something magical to bring it all together and make it delicious. 

A classic cocktail with champagne, gin, lemon juice and simple syrup

So what are the French 75 Ingredients

  • Gin
  • Simple Syrup
  • Lemon Juice
  • Brut Champagne

Super simple ingredients can make for a tasty drink.  The key is to use a good quality gin and a good quality champagne.  That doesn’t mean you have to go buy a $50 bottle of champagne, just one you like drinking on its own works!  And if you really want to get crazy, you could even use something other than gin if that isn’t your favorite.  I have seen versions of this with both rum and vodka before. 

Sweet, citrus-y and delicious French 75 cocktail

How to Make a French 75

  1. Start by filling a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice to the shaker and shake like crazy! You want to get it nice and cold.  
  3. Pour into a champagne flute and top with champagne
  4. Use the end of a spoon to gently mix together.  Garnish with a lemon peel and you are done.  

This cocktail is super simple to make and you can have the ingredients on hand at all times.  So if you are looking for a New Year’s Eve drink to serve or just want a fun sparkling cocktail look no further.  

Refreshing easy cocktail that has been around forever. French 75 is great for celebrating or just sipping on a Friday night

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French 75 Cocktail Recipe - this classic cocktail is perfectly refreshing, citrus-y and sparkling!  A fun gin cocktail that is perfect for toasting that special occasion or just sipping at your next night out!  

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5 from 4 votes

French 75 Cocktail Recipe

By Erin
French 75 Cocktail Recipe - this classic cocktail is perfectly refreshing, citrus-y and sparkling!  A fun gin cocktail that is perfect for toasting that special occasion or just sipping at your next night out!  
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 3 oz Brut Champagne
  • Lemon peel

Instructions 

  • Fill a shaker with ice and add gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake well.
  • Pour into a champagne flute and top with champagne.
  • Garnish with lemon peel to serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Sodium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drink Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 320
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5 Comments

  1. This looks like a great drink and super easy to make. I will have to pass it along to my friends that drink. 🙂