The Classic French 75 Cocktail Recipe

The Classic French 75 Cocktail Recipe
Love both gin and champagne? Combine the two in this refreshing citrus classic.

The French 75 cocktail dates back to World War I, with the first early version created in 1915. In reference to its powerful boozy kick, this cocktail is named after the French 75mm Field Gun, a fast firing and reliable artillery cannon. While the combination is potent, the marriage of gin and Champagne is a match made in heaven that balances out for a deliciously refreshing blend that is sure to be a hit at your next celebration.

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30ml Gin
10ml Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
10ml Sugar syrup (1 part sugar : 1 part water)
60ml Sparkling wine

Garnish Lemon peel

Ice Cubes (for shaking only)

Glass Champagne flute

Equipment Checklist

Hawthorne Strainer Shaker

Fine Strainer

Recommended Gins

Threefold Aromatic Gin


1. Add all your ingredients (except sparkling wine) to the shaker.

2. Fill shaker to the brim with cubes of ice.

3. Shake hard for 10 seconds.

4. Fine strain into a champagne flute without ice.

5. Add the sparkling wine

Bartender’s Top Tips

Flavoured gins can work exceptionally well in a French 75. Just make sure if it has some sweetness to reduce the amount of sugar syrup you add (to taste).

Traditionally, a French 75 is served without ice in a champagne flute. Just remember to chill your glass in the freezer for 5 minutes before you fill it, to keep your drink colder and fresher for longer.

Make sure your sparkling wine is super cold when you make the drink, this will ensure your cocktail is at optimal temperature and keep it bubbly for longer. Champagne is traditional but many other sparkling wines, such as Australian and Prosecco, work a treat.

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