A spritzy French 75 is a festive classic. Here’s a twist that's a new favorite of mine. Bartender Jeffrey Knott, at Seville Quarter in Pensacola, Florida, dreamed up this perfectly tart and grapefruit-pithy variation while out at brunch in New Orleans.
There's no sparkling wine here, though; instead, the drink is topped with Stiegl-Radler Grapefruit, an Austrian-made beer-and-grapefruit-soda combination sold in a tall can. While the radler (the German term for a shandy) is eminently refreshing on its own, it's even better when punched up with freshly squeezed lemon and a little gin. I'd happily drink a bunch of these before noon—hey, the radler's really low in alcohol!—but you could also serve them at any cocktail party where guests might be looking for something light, bright, and fizzy.
Looking for more festive, French 75-adjacent cocktails? Try this blushing pink cranberry-Cava number, a tropical riff fortified with rum and curaçao, or this deep red version that is balanced with fruit and bittersweet notes.
How to Make a French 75
1 ounce (30ml) fresh juice from 1 lemon
1/2 ounce (15ml) simple syrup (see note)
3 ounces (90ml) gin
6 ounces (180ml) Stiegl-Radler Grapefruit (see note)
Add lemon, simple syrup, and gin to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 12 seconds. Divide between two Champagne flutes (you'll have about 3 ounces or 90ml per glass).
Top each glass with 3 ounces (90ml) Stiegl-Radler Grapefruit and serve immediately.
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.
Stiegl-Radler Grapefruit is a mix of beer and grapefruit soda that's sold in tall cans.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 32g||12%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||5%|
|Total Sugars 23g|
|Vitamin C 37mg||187%|
|*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.|