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 — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • A refreshing and solid, if unchallenging, classic. — ☆☆☆
  • Definitely prefer with cognac — ☆☆☆☆
  • 20200101 Pierre Ferrand 1840 5, 5 20200104 Whitley Neill Gin — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • I had my first on of these during Brunch at Arnaud's in New Orleans — ☆☆☆
  • Quite light and refreshing — ☆☆☆☆
  • SEE ALSO: French 77 // Elder Fashion Royale // Brass Flower — ☆☆☆☆
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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.

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.

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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.