We love how the bubbles of a fizzy cocktail tickle our nose, and when that fizz carries the botanical aromatics of gin? Sign us up. The French 75 does just that, combining aromatic gin, lemon juice, sweetness, and fizzy sparkling wine for a refreshing and fun cocktail we know you'll love.
How to Make a French 75
If ever there was a cocktail worth popping a bottle of Champagne for, the French 75 is it. Move over, mimosa — there's a new favorite brunch cocktail in town.
- 1 ounce gin
- ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- Champagne to top off
- Lemon twist for garnish
- In a Champagne flute, add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Stir.
- Top off with Champagne.
- Garnish with a lemon twist.
Just want one drink? It definitely doesn't make sense to pop a whole bottle for that. We love individual cans or bottles for just such an occasion. One favorite canned Champagne is Sofia mini brut rosé.
Delightful French 75 Variations
While the French 75 does have a standard recipe, there are quite a few workarounds and subtle variations to enjoy.
- Skip the simple syrup in favor of elderflower liqueur for a delightful floral note.
- Use limoncello in place of lemon juice for a sweeter, more vibrant French 75.
- Sample different types of gin — London dry, Plymouth, Old Tom, and genever — to find the ideal gin for your French 75.
- Replace the gin with Cognac or Armagnac.
- Consider using only a splash of simple syrup for less sweetness.
- Add a drop or two of flavored bitters, such as cherry, orange, or rhubarb, for a hint of flavor without taking over the drink.
Don't limit yourself to a simple lemon peel, or do. But there are alternatives if you want to try something different to make your French 75 stand out.
- Use a narrow lemon peel ribbon.
- Consider twisting the lemon peel into the bottom of the glass.
- An herb sprig such as rosemary, thyme, or lavender adds a fresh and elegant look.
- For a brighter color, use an orange peel or ribbon.
- Use a berry, such as raspberry, blueberry, or blackberry, for a juicy and colorful garnish.
Pinkies Up With This Bubbly Drink
This bubbly cocktail packs a punch, but it's a boozy and fizzy drink that anyone will love. Whether you're tired of mimosas or need a new gin drink that's perfect any time of day, the French 75 is a knockout.