Peach-Basil French 75 Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:12

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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 Peach-Basil French 75 is a delightful twist on the classic French 75 cocktail, which was first created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris. The original French 75 was named after the powerful 75mm field gun used by the French military during World War I, due to its strong kick. The Peach-Basil French 75, with its addition of fresh peach and basil, is a more modern interpretation that offers a unique and refreshing flavor profile. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a balance of sweet and sour flavors, with a touch of herbal complexity.

How Peach-Basil French 75 Tastes?

The Peach-Basil French 75 is a harmonious blend of sweet, sour, and herbal flavors. The sweetness of the fresh peach juice is perfectly balanced by the tartness of the lemon juice, while the basil adds a subtle, aromatic complexity. The champagne brings a light, bubbly effervescence that makes this cocktail incredibly refreshing.

Interesting facts about Peach-Basil French 75

  • The French 75 is one of the few cocktails that is named after a piece of artillery.
  • The Peach-Basil French 75 is a modern twist on the classic French 75, which was first created in 1915.
  • Despite its sweet and refreshing flavor, the Peach-Basil French 75 is a fairly strong cocktail due to the inclusion of gin and champagne.


A few good options for Peach-Basil French 75 are:

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

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Peach Juice

With its sweet and fruity profile, 2 oz of peach juice is just enough to impart a warm, summer vibe without overwhelming the drink. If we skimp on it, we might lose the peachy keen-ness, and nobody wants a wallflower at their party, right? Swap it for nectarine or apricot juice for a subtle twist, staying in the stone fruit family will keep it just peachy!

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1 oz of the botanical brew—gin—is the spirit backbone of the French 75. With too little, the cocktail might whisper when you want it to sing; too much, and it's yelling over the music. A floral or citrus-forward gin would play nice, while a navy strength gin might steal the show—and your sobriety.

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Lemon Juice

The 0.5 oz of lemon juice brings the zing—we need its bright acidity to cut through and balance the sweetness of the peach and syrup. Lemon's absence would be like a drummer slacking in a band, the rhythm just falls flat. Lime juice could pinch-hit, bringing a slightly more tropical note.

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Simple Syrup

At 0.5 oz, simple syrup sweetens the deal and harmonizes the tart and botanical notes. Too much, and we're in cavity territory; too little, and the tartness might pucker your lips more than your first kiss. An herbal syrup, like rosemary, could replace it for an aromatic play.

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Basil Leaves

3 basil leaves are just enough to make things interesting, giving the drink an herbaceous whisper without turning it into a garden party in your glass. Basil boosts the gin's botanical vibes—nix it, and the complexity takes a hit. Mint could be an understudy for a different herbal accent.

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The final flourish of champagne 'top up' gives the drink its sparkle and elegance. It's the standing ovation at the end of the performance. Without it, we've just got a flat encore. Prosecco could stand in, offering a fruitier, sweeter take on the bubbly lift.

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Recipe. How to make Peach-Basil French 75 Drink

  1. Muddle the basil leaves in a shaker.
  2. Add the peach juice, gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to the shaker.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.
  4. Strain the mixture into a champagne flute.
  5. Top up with champagne.
  6. Garnish with a peach slice and a basil leaf.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh, ripe peaches for the best flavor.
  • Be sure to shake the cocktail vigorously to fully incorporate all the flavors.
  • The champagne should be added last to preserve its effervescence.

Perfect Pairings


  • Charcuterie board: The fruitiness of peach and herbal notes of basil can complement the rich flavors of cured meats.
  • Caprese salad: The lightness of tomatoes, mozzarellas, and balsamic dressing can echo the fragrant and bright profile of the cocktail.
  • Bruschetta: Classic bruschetta with a tomato and basil topping would work well with the cocktail's basil element.

Main Courses

  • Grilled seafood: Particularly dishes like grilled shrimp or scallops would pair nicely, as the lemon and peach provide a citrusy balance to the seafood's sweetness.
  • Roast chicken: A herbed roast can play nicely with the gin's botanicals and the basil in the drink.


  • Fruit tarts: The sweetness of fruit tarts, especially ones with stone fruits, would harmonize with the peach juice in the cocktail.
  • Lemon sorbet: For a refreshing palate cleanser, lemon sorbet could match the cocktail's zesty lemon juice component.

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What you could change in Peach-Basil French 75

  • If you don't have peach juice, you can use fresh peaches. Simply muddle a few slices of peach along with the basil leaves.
  • If you don't have champagne, you can substitute with any other type of sparkling wine.

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Spicy Peach-Basil French 75

  • Add a small slice of jalapeño to the shaker before muddling for a spicy kick.
  • Ingredients: Include a slice of jalapeño.
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe, with the addition of jalapeño when muddling the basil leaves.
  • Taste: The spice will contrast with the sweetness of the peach and add a warm zing.

Berry-Basil French 75

  • Swap out peach juice for mixed berry puree to give it a berry twist.
  • Ingredients: Use mixed berry puree instead of peach juice.
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe, but use berry puree.
  • Taste: Berries will add a tart and complex flavor profile, making it a berry delicious switch.

Herbal Bliss French 75

  • Infuse the simple syrup with thyme for an additional herbal layer.
  • Ingredients: Use thyme-infused simple syrup.
  • Recipe: Infuse your simple syrup with fresh thyme ahead of making the cocktail. Use this in place of plain simple syrup.
  • Taste: Thyme will introduce a savory note that complements the gin's botanicals beautifully.

In case you forgot basics how to make Peach-Basil French 75

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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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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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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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 Peach-Basil French 75

What does the term 'muddle' mean in cocktail making?

Muddling is a technique used in cocktail making where you press ingredients against the side of the glass to release their flavors. This is often done with herbs like mint or basil and fruits.

What is the origin of gin?

Gin originated in the Middle Ages and got popularized during the reign of William of Orange in what is known today as the United Kingdom during the late 17th century.

What is the difference between champagne and sparkling wine?

All champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is champagne. The name 'Champagne' is legally protected and reserved only for sparkling wines produced in the Champagne region of France.

Can I use dried basil instead of fresh?

It is recommended to use fresh basil in cocktails as fresh ingredients generally have a brighter, more robust flavor. However, if you don't have fresh basil on hand, dried can be used as a last resort option.

What kind of food pairs well with this Peach-Basil French 75 cocktail?

Since it has a sweet and sour balance, this cocktail pairs well with savory appetizers, seafood dishes, or a fruity dessert.

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