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French 76 Cocktail Recipe

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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Yield 8 cocktails
Category Drinks
Cuisine American


This boozy and citrusy Champagne cocktail is a riff on the Classic French 75 cocktail. This recipe features vodka, lemon juice, lemon simple syrup and sparkling wine.


Lemon Simple Syrup

  • 2 lemons
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water

1 Cocktail

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce lemon simple syrup *recipe below
  • 2 ½–3 ounces dry sparkling wine, such as brut Champagne
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish


Lemon Simple Syrup

  • Juice two lemons; set juice aside for cocktail. Add 2 juiced lemon halves to a small saucepan and add ½ cup granulated sugar or honey and ½ cup water.
  • Bring mixture to a boil over high heat and cook 2 minutes; remove from heat and let steep until cooled completely.
  • Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and discard solids.

1 Cocktail

  • Add vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup to a champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with maraschino cherry.


  • It's best to make the simple syrup ahead of time so it can chill before being served. Likewise, chill the lemon juice, vodka and sparkling wine before using.
  • Alternatively, if you haven't chilled the ingredients, you can shake the vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice before pouring it into a champagne flute and topping with sparkling wine.


Serving: 1gCalories: 124kcalCarbohydrates: 4.5gSodium: 3mgSugar: 4g
Keywords French 76
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