Also called the 75 Cocktail or Soixante Quinze (“Seventy Five” in French), this effervescent drink flavored with lemon and dry champagne is both tart and refreshing. Plus, it’s as easy to whip up as it is classy, making this pretty drink a great choice for any celebration.

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French 75! Also called the 75 Cocktail or simply 75, this effervescent drink flavored with lemon and dry champagne is both tart and refreshing. Plus, it's as easy to whip up as it is classy, making this pretty drink a great choice for any celebration. | HomemadeHooplah.com

About French 75

In the realm of mixed drinks, nothing’s more classy than a champagne cocktail. From the classic flutes to the fruit garnishes to the bubbly drink itself, they’re the perfect fit for kicking the status of your party up a notch.

And when it comes to the iconic French 75, you can’t get more classic and classy than this.

How to make a 75 Cocktail

Why is it called a French 75?

Though the 75 Cocktail may have an elegant look, it’s namesake is a little rough around the edges.

This drink originated during World War I in the New York Bar in Paris by a barman named Harry MacElhone. Simply coined as the “75,” it appeared in numerous cocktail mixing books in the 1920’s.

As for the name, it was called a 75 (and later the present-day French 75) because the flavor combination of gin, lemon, and champagne “was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun.”

What is in a French 75?

1 – A chilled dry champagne (or dry sparkling white wine).

You don’t need to be too choosy when picking some bubbly, but you do want to make sure that whatever you pick is not sweet. Like many champagne cocktails, the purpose of the French 75 is to mix some sweetness into the drink, so it’s best to start off with a champagne that has a dry or sharp flavor. If you need some help picking the right champagne, check out this list for finding the best one on any budget. For me, I tend to like Schramsburg Cremeant for this type of drink.

2 – Gin.

When picking a gin, you can go with whatever fits best in your price point. I personally like to keep Citadelle Gin on hand.

3 – Lemon juice.

To achieve the true tart kick of this cocktail, lemon juice (and a lemon twist as garnish) are crucial. You can use either freshly squeezed lemon or storebought.

 4 – Simple syrup (or just some sugar).

Purists of this cocktail will insist on using granulated sugar, and you totally can – but when working with chilled drinks, I’ve found that granulated sugar does not always dissolve, resulting in most of the sugar sticking to the cocktail shaker.

This is why I like to use simple syrup. The sweetness is already an inherent part of the liquid and will always transfer properly to your drink, giving you a consistent taste for every drink you mix.

How to measure this drink

This cocktail is written like a standard drink recipe, meaning that instead of an exact measurement (ex: 1 cup) the recipe will read “1 part.”

I know this can be a little confusing at first, but I’ve found the best way to think of it as this: Recipes that measure in parts usually mean it’s written so that you can adjust the size of the drink to whatever you want but keep the ratio of the ingredients correct at the same time.

For example, let’s say you wanted to make one drink – this typically means you’re using 1 standard shot glass for measuring. So then when the recipe says “1 part” you would interpret that amount as “1 standard shot glass” full. If the recipe says “1/2 part” you’d fill the shot glass half way so that it’s “1/2 standard shot glass.” OR, let’s say you wanted to make enough drinks for a few friends. When making the drink you could interpret “1 part” as “1 cup” (or “1/2 part” to “1/2 cup.”)

This way the drink will taste the same no matter what size you make it.

A French 75 with gin, champagne, and lemon

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French 75! Also called the 75 Cocktail or Soixante Quinze (Seventy Five in French), this effervescent drink flavored with lemon and dry champagne is both tart and refreshing. Plus, it's as easy to whip up as it is classy, making this pretty drink a great choice for any celebration. | HomemadeHooplah.com

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French 75! Also called the 75 Cocktail or simply 75, this effervescent drink flavored with lemon and dry champagne is both tart and refreshing. Plus, it's as easy to whip up as it is classy, making this pretty drink a great choice for any celebration. | HomemadeHooplah.com
5 from 3 votes

French 75

5 mins prep
241 kcal
Yields: 1 drink
Also called the 75 Cocktail or Soixante Quinze ("Seventy Five" in French), this effervescent drink flavored with lemon and dry champagne is both tart and refreshing. Plus, it's as easy to whip up as it is classy, making this pretty drink a great choice for any celebration.

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously until combined.
  • Strain into a champagne flute, then top off the glass with chilled dry champagne.
  • Serve drink immediately. If desired, garnish glass with a lemon twist.

Nutrition

Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 149mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin C: 5.5mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1.4mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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2 comments

    • Julia
    • 5 stars

    Adding this to my drinks-to-try list! Sounds easy and tasty!! My an old friend of mine loves gin so this looks like a perfect drink for him.

    • michele
    • 5 stars

    This was the signature cocktail at my wedding! I love your recipe with the simple syrup… we used sugar cubes and it took a bit to create individually! I’m going to make it for our Friday happy hour your way!