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champagne flutes filled with light-yellow drink

Best French 75 Cocktail

  • Author: Lauren Grant
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cool time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (+ 1 ½ cups simple syrup or enough for 24 cocktails) 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: French


A light, effervescent, citrusy cocktail fit for any kind of celebration.



French 75 Cocktail 

  • 1 ½ ounces dry gin
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ½¾ ounce lemon simple syrup (see below)
  • 23 ounces dry sparkling wine
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Lemon Simple Syrup

  • 2 lemons
  • 1 cup sugar or honey
  • 1 cup water


French 75 Cocktail

  1. Add gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to a champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a lemon twist.

Lemon Simple Syrup

  1. Juice two lemons; set juice aside for cocktail. Add 4 juiced lemon halves to a small saucepan and add 1 cup granulated sugar or honey and 1 cup water.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat and cook 2 minutes; remove from heat and let steep until cooled completely.
  3. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and discard solids.


It’s best to make the simple syrup ahead of time so it can chilled before being served. Likewise, chill the lemon juice and gin if you can.

Alternatively, if you haven’t chilled the ingredients, you can shake the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice before pouring it into a champagne flute and topping with sparkling wine.

Keywords: french 75, french 75 drink, french 75 cocktail

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