French 75

Summer's here and it's time for an icy-cool quencher – with bubbles! 

An oldie but goodie, invented during the First World War if not earlier, the French 75 been quenching the thirst of sophisticated sippers ever since. Once you have a taste, you’ll wonder how you managed to live without it!

The name may (or may not) have something to do with 75mm shells the French used during the war. But, as always, these things can get pretty murky. And, as always, who cares? When a drink is this deluxe, origins don't much matter.

The combination flavors and textures has something to please anyone. Sweet simple syrup, sour lemon, and bracing gin, luxuriously combined with champagne. 

OMG, how delicious!


French 75

  • Half-ounce lemon juice
  • Half-once simple syrup
  • One ounce gin
  • Champagne

Combine the first three ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake to get them very cold. Pour into a flute and top with cold champagne.

A word about ingredients: We're using the term champagne here, but any dry, white sparkler will work – champagne, cava, prosecco – as long as it has some real flavor and isn't too light or too sweet.