A refreshing, and sparkling gin cocktail is what describes a French 75 perfectly.
It’s a classic for a reason. If you are looking for a bubbly cocktail to toast with or drink for special occasions, this should be on your list.
It’s made with gin and topped with champagne, so this cocktail packs a punch. Also referred to as a 75 Cocktail or in French, Soixante Quinze, this drink dates back to World War I. At a New York Bar in Paris, later known as Harry’s New York Bar, Harry MacElhone created this evergreen drink. In 1915, he said the combination had such a kick it felt like you were being shelled with a French 75mm field gun.
When it comes to crafting the perfect French 75, opt for a dry gin. Even a flavored gin that isn’t juniper-forward would be lovely. There are also a ton of different ways to create riffs on this classic cocktail. Swap out the lemon for a different citrus fruit such as yuzu, tangerine, mandarin orange, etc. Or change the flavor profile completely by adding a flavored syrup such as a Lemon Thyme Syrup.
This classic cocktail is simple to make at home. Create this refreshing drink with our favorite recipe below.
- 1 1/2 oz. Dry Gin
- 3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
- 3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
- 2-3 oz. Chilled Champagne
- Lemon Peel
Preparation: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake until the mixture is chilled and pour into a champagne glass, then top with champagne. Twist a lemon peel for a few seconds to hold its shape and garnish.