How are you ringing in the holiday season? We have you covered with this classic champagne cocktail that will have you coming back time and again.
The French 75 is a delightfully simple cocktail that is full of class. It is always on our go-to list for engagement parties, weddings, New Years Eve – you name it.
This prohibition-era favorite is smooth, clean, and refreshing. Gin, lemon, and champagne combine for a bubbly concoction that is perfect over brunch, before dinner, or throughout the evening.
We love to make it with brut champagne, but you can also tailor to your liking. If you prefer a sweeter sparkling wine try a Moscato, or go with extra brut for a dryer finish. You can even substitute a Rosé champagne for a splash of color!
The secret to the French 75? Cold ingredients! Make sure the champagne and gin are ice-cold, we suggest you even chill your glasses! This gives it the fresh, crisp taste that will keep you coming back for more.
What You’ll Need
- 1.5 oz Gin
- 0.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- 0.5 oz Simple Syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
- 4 oz Champagne
- Lemon twist (for garnish)
For the simple syrup
Combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool.
For the French 75
- Using zester or paring knife, slice peel from lemon in long, thin spiral. Set aside
- Add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker*. Add ice and shake for 20 seconds
- Strain into chilled champagne flute and top with sparkling wine
- Curl lemon peel around your finger to create a twist. Garnish drink and serve immediately!
*If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, add gin and simple syrup to a glass first and mix well. Then add ice, stir 20-30 seconds, and strain into your glass.
Let us know if you make the French 75! Take a picture and tag us @partyontherocksseattle. Stay tuned for other great recipes coming soon!