The French 75 is a classic cocktail made with gin, champagne/prosecco, simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice. It’s incredibly refreshing with a nice balance of sweet and citrus. It’s forever one of our all-time favorite drinks.
The cocktail itself dates back to 1915 when it earned its name for packing a punch like a 75mm artillery gun from World War I. If that’s not the coolest reputation then I don’t know what is. The cocktail originated in Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, France. Also said to be the birthplace of the Bloody Mary and Sidecar. This place has certainly earned a spot on my bucket list!
French 75 Ingredients
- Gin (I like Plymouth, Hendricks, or whatever I have on hand)
- Simple syrup (equal parts melted sugar and water)
- Fresh lemon juice
- Champagne/prosecco. I usually use prosecco since it’s much cheaper than champagne and I can’t taste the difference anyway. Look for the little mini bottles of champagne or prosecco so you don’t have to open an entire bottle for a single drink.
How to Make a French 75
Two important steps—the cocktail shake and the sparkling wine float. Add gin, lemon, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice and shake. Strain into a chilled coupe or flute and set aside. The prosecco is then added directly to the glass at the very end. If you shake prosecco and you’ll blow the lid off your shaker and end up with a messy kitchen and face.
I’m a firm believer the prosecco and citrus make this refreshing cocktail a great addition to any brunch. For me, it’s my new favorite drink served in a flute-style glass. Cheers!
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The French 75 is a classic cocktail consisting of gin, champagne, simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice.
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 3 ounces champagne or prosecco
- Combine the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake or stir vigorously for 15 seconds and strain into a champagne glass.
- Top with champagne/prosecco and serve with a lemon peel.
Look for the mini bottles of champagne or prosecco so you don’t need to open an entire full-size bottle.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 227
- Sugar: 0.5g
- Sodium: 15mg
- Fat: 0.2g
- Saturated Fat: 0.2g
- Carbohydrates: 13.2g
- Fiber: 0.1g
- Protein: 0.2g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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