French 75 Cocktail Recipe

A classic cocktail consisting of gin, champagne, simple syrup, and lemon juice.

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.

French 75 Cocktail Recipe

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.

French 75 Cocktail Recipe

French 75 Cocktail Recipe

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 1x



  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 3 oz champagne or prosecco


  1. Combine the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a champagne glass.
  2. Top with 3 oz of champagne or prosecco and serve with a lemon peel.

Recipe credit: Epicurious