The Sepia French 75

[Photograph: Roger Kamholz]

A classic, with a twist. This rosy house cocktail at Chicago's Sepia has been a mainstay on the menu longer than Josh Pearson, a four-year veteran of the place, has been behind the bar.

Note: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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The Sepia French 75

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:1 minute
Total time:1 minute
Special equipment:Cocktail shaker
This recipe appears in: 5 Festive Sparkling Wine Cocktail Recipes from Chicago Bars


  • 1 1/2 ounces Hendrick's Gin
  • 3/4 ounces simple syrup (see note above)
  • 3/4 ounces freshly squeezed juice from 1 lemon
  • Dash Fee's Orange Bitters
  • Sparkling rosé, such as Gruet
  • Garnish: orange twist


  1. 1

    Add gin, simple syrup, lemon, and orange bitters to a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice and shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Top with rosé and garnish with orange twist.


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