French 75 cocktail

French 75 cocktail
The French 75 cocktail is a citrus-flavoured sparkling gin cocktail dating back to 1915. Being exquisite in appearance and deliciously tasty this cocktail is a perfect drink for a casual party or romantic evening.
The cocktail was supposedly created by the bartender Harry McElhone in Paris and named after the French cannon of the same name – one known for its soft yet powerful recoil. So similarly to the cannon, the French 75 cocktail intoxicates strongly and quickly, whilst maintaining a smooth, gentle effect on the drinker.
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • champagne flute


  • 50 ml gin
  • ¼ cup champagne (chilled)
  • tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 tbsp sugar syrup
  • 1 long spiral lemon twist (for garnish)


  • Mix the lemon juice, sugar syrup and gin in a cocktail shaker filled up with ice.
  • Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds until outside of the cocktail shaker is very cold.
  • Strain into chilled flute. Top with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.


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Today there are several varieties of French 75 cocktail: French76 served with vodka, French95 served with bourbon, and its cognac version called French 125.

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