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.

French 75 cocktails, with lemon garnish, tray and lemons

French 75

French 75

Ingredients:

  • 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.