French 75 Cocktail Recipe

French 75 Nutrition Facts





Alcohol percent:12%

Created by

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.

November 7, 2023


The French 75 is a classic cocktail that dates back to World War I. It was created by Harry MacElhone at Harry's New York Bar in Paris and named after the French 75mm field gun, due to its powerful kick. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a refreshing, bubbly drink with a touch of elegance.

How French 75 Tastes?

The French 75 has a bright, effervescent taste with a perfect balance of sweet and sour flavors. The combination of gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup creates a tangy, refreshing base, while the champagne adds a luxurious, bubbly finish.

Interesting facts about French 75

  • The French 75 was originally made with cognac instead of gin, but gin became the more popular choice over time.
  • The cocktail is often served in a champagne flute to showcase its elegant appearance and bubbly nature.
  • The French 75 is a popular choice for celebrations and special occasions due to its festive, sparkling presentation.


A few good options for French 75 are:

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

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Recipe. How to make French 75 Drink

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well until chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into a champagne flute.
  4. Top with champagne and gently stir to combine.
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Pro Tips

  • Chill your glassware before serving to keep the cocktail cold longer.
  • Use high-quality champagne for a more luxurious taste.
  • Shake the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup vigorously to properly blend the flavors.

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What you could change in French 75

  • Cognac can be used instead of gin for a more traditional version of the cocktail.
  • Lime juice can replace lemon juice for a different citrus twist.
  • Prosecco or other sparkling wines can be used instead of champagne.

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Frequently Asked Questions on French 75

Where does the name 'French 75' come from?

The drink was named 'French 75' after the 75mm Howitzer field gun that was used by the French during World War I. The cocktail was said to have such a kick that drinking it felt like being shelled with the powerful gun.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the French 75?

Yes, a non-alcoholic version can be made using non-alcoholic champagne or sparkling cider, non-alcoholic gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup.

What kind of gin works best for a French 75?

A classic London dry gin is often used in French 75, but you can experiment with different kinds of gin to see which flavor profile you prefer.

What other cocktails can I make with these ingredients?

Many other cocktails use similar ingredients. For instance, if you replace champagne with club soda and omit the lemon twist, you can make a Tom Collins. If you just use gin, lemon juice and simple syrup without the champagne, you get a Gin Sour.

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Extra information to help you make 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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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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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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