French 75 Recipe

The combination of gin, lemon juice, and Champagne brings out the best in each.

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Vicky Wasik

According to Ted Haigh (aka Dr. Cocktail), the French 75 is one of two cocktails named after the French 75-mm field gun, which was commonly used in World War I. "One barman in 1947," reports Haigh, "called it a Tom Collins with champagne instead of club soda. Vive la difference!" Here's Haigh's version of the recipe, from his wonderful book, Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails.

The combination of gin, lemon juice, and Champagne brings out the best in each: it's tart, refreshing, herbal, and effervescent.

Recipe Facts

Active: 2 mins
Total: 2 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin

  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • Champagne or sparkling wine

  • Garnish: long thin lemon spiral and cocktail cherry

Directions

  1. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Shake gin, lemon juice, and sugar in a cocktail shaker until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a champagne flute.

  2. Top with Champagne. Stir gently, garnish with a long, thin lemon spiral and a cocktail cherry.

Special equipment

Cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
252 Calories
0g Fat
16g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 13mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 116mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)