Elderflower French 75 Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Elderflower French 75 is a twist on the classic French 75, a cocktail that was created in the 1920s during the height of the Prohibition era in the United States. The original French 75 was named after the powerful French 75mm field gun used during World War I, reflecting the cocktail's strong kick. The Elderflower French 75, with its addition of elderflower liqueur, offers a floral and slightly sweeter take on the classic. It's a perfect choice for those who appreciate a balance of strong and delicate flavors.

How Elderflower French 75 Tastes?

The Elderflower French 75 is a delightful blend of sweet, sour, and floral notes. The elderflower liqueur adds a delicate sweetness and floral aroma, which is balanced by the tartness of the lemon juice. The champagne gives it a bubbly effervescence and a dry finish, while the gin provides a strong, juniper-forward base.

Interesting facts about Elderflower French 75

  • The Elderflower French 75 is a modern twist on a classic cocktail.
  • The original French 75 was named after a French field gun, hinting at its strong alcohol content.
  • The addition of elderflower liqueur gives this cocktail a unique, floral twist.


A few good options for Elderflower French 75 are:

  • Bombay Sapphire Gin
  • Elephant Gin
  • Hendrick's Lunar Gin

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Gin is the backbone of this cocktail, providing botanical notes that blend seamlessly with the floral elderflower. At 1.5oz, it ensures the drink has enough kick without overpowering the delicate flavors. Without gin, it wouldn't be a French 75! Substitute it with vodka for a less complex flavor but it's like Jay-Z without Beyoncé – it still works, just lacks that extra sparkle.

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Elderflower Liqueur

Elderflower liqueur (0.5oz) is the secret garden in this urban classic, giving sweet and floral nuances. Too much, and it's like getting lost in the woods; too little, and you'll miss the fairy tale entirely. There's no direct substitute, but St-Germain is the go-to brand that bartenders swear by.

Emma Rose

Lemon Juice

Half an ounce of fresh lemon juice brings a zing and balance to the drink, cutting through the sweetness of the liqueur like a light saber through butter. Without it, your cocktail might feel like it's missing its other half. A lime or orange juice could be used in a pinch, but let's just say, lemon is the Meg Ryan to this Tom Hanks of a drink.

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Adding 2oz of Champagne brings life and luxury to the drink, making it suitable for the stars. The effervescence keeps it light and celebratory. Substitute with any good quality sparkling wine, and you'll still capture the magic of 'pop' culture!

Mary Mitkina

Lemon Twist

A twist is worth a thousand words… or at least the word 'refinement.' It's the final touch that says, 'This isn't just a drink; it's a statement.' Without the twist, it's like a tuxedo without a bowtie – still classy, but missing that je ne sais quoi.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Elderflower French 75 Drink

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, elderflower liqueur, and lemon juice.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice and shake until well chilled.
  3. Strain into a champagne flute.
  4. Top with champagne.
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Pro Tips

  • Use a high-quality gin for the best flavor.
  • Make sure to chill your champagne flute before serving for the best experience.
  • Don't shake the cocktail after adding the champagne, as it will lose its fizz.

Perfect Pairings


  • Ceviche: The citrus notes in the cocktail complement the acidity found in a fresh ceviche.
  • Goat Cheese Crostini: The creaminess of goat cheese paired with the cocktail's fizz makes a delectable contrast.
  • Smoked Salmon Blinis: The Elderflower French 75's floral notes pair beautifully with the smokiness of the salmon.

Main Courses

  • Grilled White Fish: A light fish dish is elevated by the cocktail's crisp and refreshing qualities.
  • Chicken Piccata: The lemon element in the cocktail harmonizes with the lemony sauce of the dish.


  • Lemon Tart: The tartness of both the dessert and cocktail balance each other out.
  • Fresh Berries: Elevate simple fresh berries with a sip of this fragrant and bubbly cocktail.

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What you could change in Elderflower French 75

If you don't have elderflower liqueur, you can substitute it with St. Germain. If champagne is not available, a dry Prosecco or Cava can be used instead. For a non-alcoholic version, replace the gin with elderflower cordial and the champagne with a non-alcoholic sparkling wine.

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Rose French 75

Swap out gin for rose-infused vodka, and top with rosé Champagne. This variation offers a blush of color and a garden party in your mouth.

Ingredients: Rose vodka, Elderflower liqueur, Lemon juice, Rosé Champagne, Lemon twist Recipe: Same steps as above, but with the rose elements.

Berry French 75

Muddle a handful of mixed berries in the shaker before adding the other ingredients. This twist introduces a fruity sweetness that'll have your taste buds dancing the Charleston.

Ingredients: Gin, Elderflower liqueur, Lemon juice, Champagne, Berries, Lemon twist Recipe: Begin by muddling the berries, then follow the original recipe.

Appleflower French 75

Substitute apple brandy for gin and top with a drier variety of sparkling wine. Perfect for those autumn evenings when you're feeling fancy but cozy.

Ingredients: Apple brandy, Elderflower liqueur, Lemon juice, Dry sparkling wine, Apple slice Recipe: Shake apple brandy, elderflower, and lemon juice with ice. Strain, top with sparkling wine, garnish with apple.

In case you forgot basics how to make Elderflower French 75

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Elderflower French 75

Can I use a different type of gin for this recipe?

Yes, but the flavor might differ based on the type of gin used. A good quality gin with a strong juniper flavor is recommended.

Is there a significant difference in using a dry champagne over a sweet one?

A dry champagne is preferred to balance the sweetness of the elderflower liqueur and provide a crisp finish. Using a sweet champagne might make the cocktail overly sweet.

What kind of taste does Elderflower liqueur contribute in a cocktail?

Elderflower liqueur has a sweet, floral taste that can add a delicate, flowery note to cocktails.

Is this cocktail suitable for vegetarians and vegans?

Yes, Elderflower French 75 is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.

How could I serve this cocktail in an elegant manner?

Serve the cocktail in a chilled champagne flute, garnished with a lemon twist on the rim.

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