The Sepia French 75 Recipe

The Sepia French 75 Recipe

[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.

  • Yield:makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time: 1 minute
  • Total time:1 minute


  • 1 1/2 ounces Hendrick's Gin
  • 3/4 ounces simple syrup (see note)
  • 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.