French 75

The French 75 is a classic cocktail that consists of Gin, Champagne, and Lemon Juice. It’s origins are debated, but most people agree it was invented sometime in the late 19th-early 20th century. The cocktails first published appearance was in the mixology book, Harry’s ABC Of Mixing Cocktails by Harry MacElhone.

Being such a simple and classic drink, it was the first thing I decided to make after buying these beautiful champagne flutes by Luigi Bormioli. I do find champagne cocktails to be great party drinks as they look beautiful, and are a nice change from the usual plain champagne or sparkling wine.

Some recipes for the French 75 cocktail call for sugar or simple syrup. While you don’t need to add it, I think it balances the acidity of the lemon juice and the kick of the gin quite nicely. For this recipe I added about 10 ml of simple syrup, but you can go more or just leave it out entirely.

The garnish is a twist of lemon peel and to go with the elegance of the glass, I wanted to make it as long and thin as possible. I basically peeled an entire lemon and then used a fine knife to slice off just a thin strand. That was then curled around a wooden spoon handle while I mixed the rest of the drink.

Lemon peel garnish for the french 75 cocktail in a fluted champagne glass

Of course, garnishing with a real lemon means that you should use freshly squeezed lemon juice. I double strain the juice, once through a sieve and then again through a cheesecloth to get it as clean as possible. Of course, it is really quite difficult to remove all traces of lemon from the juice.

French 75

A classic champagne cocktail beautifully presented in a fluted glass and garnished with a delicate lemon twist.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Course Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine European
Servings 1 drink


  • Champagne Flute


  • 60 ml Champagne or sparkling wine
  • 30 ml Gin I used London Dry, but you can go with a more herbal if you desire
  • 15 ml Lemon Juice freshly squeezed
  • 10 ml Simple Syrup If you don't want to make simple syrup, add a tsp of confectioners sugar to the gin and stir it before adding the gin to the glass.


  • In a shaker mix together the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup with some ice. Shake hard. Strain the contents into a champagne flute
  • Add the champagne to the flute and give the glass one stir.
  • Garnish with a delicate lemon peel twist. Serve
Keyword Champagne Cocktails, French 75
French 75 classic champagne cocktail in a fluted glass

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