The French 75 cocktail is a classic libation that consists of gin, champagne/prosecco, simple syrup, and lemon juice. The cocktail dates back to 1915 when it earned it’s name for packing a punch like a 75mm artillery gun from World War I. If that’s not the most badass reputation then I don’t know what is.
I use always use prosecco since it’s much cheaper than champagne and I can’t taste the difference anyway. Patty and I went to a prohibition cocktail bar in Nashua, NH called ‘Codex’ that serves a lot of awesome classic cocktails. It’s completely hidden from the outside and to enter, you have to walk through a hidden door that looks like a book case.
Anyway, that’s where we first tried the French 75 cocktail. It’s an awesome summer cocktail that is light, fizzy, and crisp while still delivering a kick. The prosecco also makes this floral cocktail a great addition to brunch. This is hands down my new favorite drink served in a champagne glass.Print
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 3 oz champagne or prosecco
- Combine the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a champagne glass.
- Top with 3 oz of champagne or prosecco and serve with a lemon peel.
Recipe credit: Epicurious