french 75 cocktail

Two chilled flutes of French 75 cocktails with a twist of lemon in a toast.

The French 75 or Soixante Quinze was our signature cocktail at this year’s holiday party. The sound of the cocktail shaker made a festive greeting. The drink was named after the 75mm M1897 artillery gun used by the French military in World War I. American GI’s caught on to this drink that packs a punch and brought it home. There are countless variations on this popular champagne cocktail, substituting Cognac, Vodka, or even Tequila for the Gin.

french 75

Serves: 1


  • 1 ounce gin
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • (1 cup sugar and 1 cup water)
  • 3 ounces Champagne
  • (Prosecco or Cava will work)
  • Garnish: lemon twist
  • Glass: Champagne flute, chilled



Make simple syrup: In a saucepan over low heat, warm 1 cup sugar in 1 cup water until dissolved. Cool to room temperature before using. (There will be extra syrup; refrigerate if not using immediately.)


Using zester or channel knife, peel from lemon rind thin spirals, about 6” long.


Juice lemons for cocktail and set peel aside.


In cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup.


Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds.


Strain into chilled Champagne flute and top with sparkling wine.


Curl lemon peel around finger to create twist. Garnish drink with twist and serve immediately.

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    Patti Olswang
    March 8, 2018 at 4:43 am

    This was really yummy!!!

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