A French 75 is a cocktail made from gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar. This delicious and easy recipe is sure to be a winner at your next party, gathering or just hanging out!
I tried my first one in the most appropriate place, Arnaud’s French 75 Bar in New Orleans! Bartender Chris Hannah, one of America’s best mixologists, made us this classic cocktail and we sat in the coziest lounge and sipped our cocktails. It was an evening to remember and we have been drinking them ever since.
How to Make a French 75
It’s made with Champagne, lemon juice, gin (sometimes recipes use Cognac, but use what you have on hand!) and a little sugar. The drink dates back to World War 1! It’s a sophisticated cocktail and one that is very easy to make! We’re excited to show you our easy version of the classic French 75!
Tips for Making a French 75
- We use a sugar cube to sweeten our cocktail, but you can also use simple syrup or honey.
- Choose a dry gin or something like Hendricks which has floral and cucumber notes.
- You can also use cognac for this cocktail. There is a big debate on whether it’s better made with gin or cognac… try both for yourself!
More Classic Cocktail Recipes
- How to Make a Classic Negroni Cocktail
- How to Make a Classic Old Fashioned
- How to Make a Manhattan
- How to Make a Gin + Tonic
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 small sugar cube
- 2 -3 ounces Chilled Champagne
- Add the lemon juice, gin and sugar cube in a shaker with ice
- Shake for 20 seconds so the sugar cube can dissolve
- Strain into a Champagne flute
- Top with Champagne
- Garnish with a lemon twist