The first time I heard of a French 75 I was skeptical. Champagne and Gin? But I was quickly converted!
The gin settles the bubbles in the Champagne. (I know the bubbles are a big part of what makes Champagne so fun but they also give me heartburn!) Together there is an herbal savouriness, along with the citrus twist that make for one refreshing cocktail.
I was on a Bordeaux River Cruise when I was introduced to this little gem and we were lucky enough to have them with real Champagne. I felt very 'bougie' sipping my French 75 before lunch on the bow of the boat admiring the shores of the Gironde.
This makes a sophisticated cocktail that is perfect for a Christmas or New Year's celebration!
The recipe as written is for 1 serving so scale it up for the number of servings you want.
Variations on French 75
- Some people use Cognac instead of Gin in their French 75
- If you switch out the Gin for Vodka it is called a French 76
- Switch out the Sparkling wine for Apple Cider and you have a French Harvest
However you choose to make it - enjoy! Or should is say Santé!
French 75 or Champagne and Gin Cocktail
- 1 oz Gin See Note 1
- ½ oz fresh lemon juice
- ½ oz simple syrup see Note 2
- 4 oz Champagne or Sparkling wine of your choice
- lemon rind or twist
- Add all ingredients to a shaker over ice. Shake and strain into a Champagne glass. Top off the glass with Champagne or Sparkling wine. Add a lemon twist for garnish if desired.