The French 75 is citrusy and invigorating, and comes together in minutes with simple ingredients. This classic gin and champagne cocktail looks and tastes fancy, while bringing its own sparkle to any party.
This classic gin cocktail has been around for a long time and is popular for its ease and light, lemony flavor. The clean, botanical notes of the gin combine with bright lemon juice and crisp bubbly champagne to create a truly delightful cocktail. This French 75 recipe is the perfect chic cocktail for your next event or celebration, or even just a simple Tuesday evening at home.
French 75 Ingredients
This citrusy, refreshing French 75 cocktail is so easy to make. And you won’t have to search high and low for ingredients. In fact, you probably have them in your kitchen right now! Here is the list of what you need, you can find the measurements of each ingredient in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Gin: Since the flavor of the gin really shines through in this cocktail, you will want to use a good quality gin that you enjoy the taste of. I’ve found that Bombay Saphier is the best gin for a French 75. It’s also wonderful in this Gin Fizz recipe.
- Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed is best. Since the drink is commonly garnished with a lemon twist, you can use both the peel and the juice from a fresh lemon.
- Simple syrup: Use my easy simple syrup recipe and you’ll be able to dream up millions of recipes with it. Store-bought would also work if you are short on time for this recipe.
- Champagne: Or another dry, sparkling wine like prosecco. Make sure to chill your champagne before making this recipe and open your bottle just before making your French 75 cocktails.
How to Make Simple Syrup
How to Make a French 75
If you’ve got a few minutes, you’ll have just enough time to make this sparkling, punch-packing cocktail! For the full recipe and measurements, see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Combine the ingredients. Add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake well. Give the shaker a good shake for at least 20 seconds, or until the outside of the cocktail shaker feels cold. Then strain the mixture into champagne glasses.
- Top with champagne. Gently stir then garnish with a lemon twist.
How to Serve
We love to serve our French 75’s in champagne flutes and garnish with a lemon twist. This recipe should be enjoyed shortly after making so that the cocktail is still bubbly from the champagne. The refreshing flavor and beauty of simplicity make this cocktail great for any time of year!
French 75 Cocktail Variations
This classic cocktail is delicious as written, but if you are looking to change it up, try these variations!
- Switch out the gin for cognac, vodka, or St. Germain.
- Instead of simple syrup, try adding Honey Syrup. The honey flavor compliments the other ingredients deliciously in our Bees Knees Cocktail.
- Swap the gin for bourbon and make a French 95! The bourbon kick creates a more high-caliber drink that is still refreshing.
- The French 76 uses vodka instead of gin.
Other Champagne Cocktails
If you make this French 75 cocktail recipe, leave a comment and let us know how you liked it!
- 2 ounces gin
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounces champagne