French 75

2 oz Gin (or cognac)
1 oz Lemon juice
1 oz Simple syrup
3 oz Sparkling white wine (Brut, chilled)
1 twst Lemon zest
Shake all but wine, strain into ice-filled highball glass, top with chilled wine.
Also very good with cognac. Said to have the power of a 75mm howitzer.
From other users
  • Delicous, festive cocktail. A great cocktail that appeals to a wide variety of drinkers, from wine lovers to craft cocktail geeks. Add more simple syrup and it serves as a good alternative to so-called girlie drinks. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • These can really sneak up on you. — ☆☆☆
  • Works well with Prosecco but is obviously a bit sweeter — ☆☆☆☆☆
Similar cocktails
  • Wearing Jorts, Grinning Madly — Sparkling white wine, Gin, Absinthe, Grapefruit juice, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Orange marmalade, Grapefruit peel
  • Expo 74 — Sparkling white wine, Gin, Lilac syrup, Lemon juice, Lemon zest
  • The Royal We — Sparkling rosé wine, Gin, Orange bitters, Raspberry preserves, Orange flower syrup, Lemon juice, Grapefruit peel
  • Thin White Duke — Cava, Gin, Pamplemousse Rose, Ginger liqueur, Lime bitters, Lime peel
  • The Gateway — Champagne, Gin, Elderflower liqueur, Herbal liqueur, Bitters, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Cucumber, Mint
  • The Dutch Nemesis — Sparkling white wine, Genever, Kummel, Bitters, Lime juice, Pineapple Gum Syrup
  • Crimson & Clover — Sparkling rosé wine, Gin, Dry vermouth, Raspberry syrup, Lemon juice, Egg white, Rose water
  • French 75 (Elderflower) aka French 77 — Champagne, Gin, Elderflower liqueur, Lemon juice, Simple syrup
  • 23 Skiddoo — Sparkling white wine, Gin, Elderflower liqueur, Simple syrup, Lemon juice, Thyme
  • Bitter Herb — Sparkling white wine, Gin, Fernet Branca, Orange peel


For brunch survival purposes

For brunch survival purposes I go with 1 oz gin instead of 2. Also I go more toward cava or prosecco. I haven't taken up Todd Maul's suggestion that this apéro requires cognac rather than gin - with the lemon/bubbly combo I'd think that gin would be a no-brainer.

I prefer this with cognac. It

I prefer this with cognac. It is a very good, classic cocktail. The Elderflower version (French 77) is a nice variation, particularly if you haven't been overexposed to St Germain.

Zachary Pearson's picture

I've always been told that if

I've always been told that if it's gin, it's an English 75, and that Cognac is the way to go here.

Interesting. Among my

Interesting. Among my friends, I call the Cognac version a French French 75. I made these for a friend's 50's birthday party, which was catered. Big hit. It is one of those cocktails that appeals to a wide variety of imbibers.

DrunkLab's picture

Christopher James at the

Christopher James at the Ryland Inn in Jersey makes a version with Art in the Age's SAGE:

1.5 oz SAGE
0.75 oz lemon juice
0.75 oz 2:1 simple syrup
2.0 oz brut champagne
Toasted rosemary garnish

Served in a Champagne flute.