French 75 Recipe - A Classic Cocktail from France

French 75

French 75 Recipe - A Classic Cocktail from France
Region / culture: France | Preparation time: 5 minutes | Cooking time: 0 minutes | Servings: 1


French 75
French 75

French 75 is a classic cocktail that combines the flavors of gin, champagne, lemon juice, and sugar. It is a refreshing and elegant drink that is perfect for special occasions or a night out.


The French 75 cocktail was first created during World War I and was named after the French 75mm field gun. It is said to have been invented at the New York Bar in Paris and has since become a popular drink around the world.



How to prepare

  1. Pour the gin into a flute or collins glass.
  2. Fill the glass halfway with sparkling wine or champagne.
  3. Carefully add sugar (be cautious as it may cause fizzing) and then fill the glass with more sparkling wine.


  • You can customize the French 75 cocktail by using different types of gin or champagne, or by adding a splash of flavored liqueur such as elderflower or raspberry.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

When adding the sugar to the cocktail, be sure to do so slowly and carefully to avoid causing the champagne to fizz over. You can also adjust the amount of sugar to suit your taste preferences.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the French 75 cocktail in a flute or collins glass with an orange slice garnish for a touch of elegance.

Cooking Techniques

The key to making a perfect French 75 cocktail is to pour the ingredients in the correct order to ensure that the sugar dissolves properly and the champagne does not fizz over.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have gin on hand, you can substitute it with vodka for a slightly different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the gin, lemon juice, and sugar mixture ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Just add the champagne right before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the French 75 cocktail in a chilled glass with a twist of orange peel for a sophisticated presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

This cocktail pairs well with light appetizers such as shrimp cocktail or bruschetta.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

The French 75 cocktail is best enjoyed fresh and should not be stored for long periods of time. If you have leftovers, cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

A serving of French 75 cocktail contains approximately 120 calories.


The French 75 cocktail contains approximately 2 grams of carbohydrates per serving.


There are no fats in the French 75 cocktail.


The French 75 cocktail does not contain any proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

This cocktail does not provide significant amounts of vitamins or minerals.


This recipe contains alcohol, which may be an allergen for some individuals. Be sure to check for any allergies before serving.


The French 75 cocktail is a light and refreshing drink that is relatively low in calories and carbohydrates.


The French 75 cocktail is a classic drink with a rich history and a light, refreshing flavor profile. It is perfect for celebrating special occasions or enjoying a night out with friends.

How did I get this recipe?

I can still recall the sense of amazement I felt when I first saw this recipe for the French 75. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my friend Marie in her cozy little cottage on the outskirts of Paris. Marie was a seasoned cook, and her kitchen was always filled with the most delicious aromas.

As we sat down to enjoy a leisurely lunch in her garden, she brought out a bottle of champagne and a bottle of gin. I watched in fascination as she carefully measured out the ingredients and mixed them together with a splash of lemon juice and a hint of sugar. The result was a refreshing, sparkling cocktail that was unlike anything I had ever tasted before.

I asked Marie where she had learned to make such a delightful drink, and she smiled and told me that it was a recipe she had picked up from a friend who had worked as a bartender in New Orleans. She explained that the French 75 was a classic cocktail that had been popularized during the Prohibition era, and that it was named after the French 75mm field gun used during World War I.

Marie graciously shared the recipe with me, and I made a mental note to try it out for myself when I returned home. Over the years, I have made the French 75 countless times, tweaking the recipe here and there to suit my own tastes. It has become a signature drink of mine, and I love sharing it with friends and family on special occasions.

To make a French 75, you will need the following ingredients:

- 1 1/2 oz gin

- 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice

- 1/2 oz simple syrup

- Champagne

Begin by filling a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to the shaker, and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. Strain the mixture into a chilled champagne flute, and top it off with champagne. Give it a gentle stir, and garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

The French 75 is a versatile cocktail that can be enjoyed at any time of year. It is light and refreshing, with a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. The bubbles from the champagne add a touch of elegance, making it ideal for celebrations and special occasions.

I have shared this recipe with many friends and family members over the years, and it never fails to impress. The French 75 is a timeless classic that is sure to become a favorite in your cocktail repertoire. So raise a glass, and toast to good friends, good food, and good times. Santé!


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