French 75

French 75

This French 75 cocktails recipe is smooth, citrusy, balanced, and refreshing. The combination of lemon juice, simple syrup, gin and champagne is genius.

French 75

In 1915, MacElhone created the French 75 at the New York bar in Paris, France. MacElhone’s original cocktail recipe contained gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and champagne. It can be served in an old-fashioned glass or flute.

The story behind the name of this cocktail is that it was supposedly named after the French 75mm artillery guns used by the French and American regiments during World War I. The drink was said to have a strong kick like the 75mm field gun.

Key Ingredients:

To make this refreshing French 75 cocktail, you will need the following key ingredients: 

Lemon Juice

Fresh lemon juice gives the French 75 its bright flavor. 


Gin was initially used in the classic, so that’s what we’re going to use. Use a top-shelf gin for best results. Middle-tier can be used for a large brunch party.

Simple Syrup

Simple syrup brings a balance to the French 75. The sweetness pairs well with the lemon juice, gin, and champagne.


Since MacElhone created the French 75 in France, and it’s only correct to use the French staple champagne. If the sparkling wine is not made in France, it cannot be labeled as champagne. The drink was originally served in a champagne flute.

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Ingredients for French 75:

Here are all the ingredients needed to make this fantastic cocktail. 

  • Simple syrup
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Dry gin 
  • Ice
  • Champagne
  • Lemon

Common One to One Substitutions:

Feel free to swap the simple syrup for honey or agave. You can use cognac in place of gin. Feel free to swap the champagne for sparkling wine or prosecco.

How to make French 75 cocktail:

In a shaker with ice, add simple syrup, lemon juice, and gin. Shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds. Strain the drink into Tom Collins glass or champagne flute, top with champagne, and garnish with a lemon twist.

How to make lemon twist garnish:

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How to store French 75

French 75 cocktail: Is best when fresh to enjoy the refreshing flavors.

However, you can mix everything except the champagne in a pitcher. Cover and keep in the fridge for 24 hours. Stir before serving and top of each glass with champagne.

Recipe Tips & Tricks:

Here are some of my top tips and tricks to help you make this classic cocktail:

  • To make your simple syrup: In a small pot, combine ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup water over medium heat, cook until sugar is dissolved. 
  • Get creative with your lemon twist garnish. The easiest way to remove lemon peel is with a vegetable peeler.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about French 75 cocktails:

What is a French 75?

A French 75 is a cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, and sugar. It originated in France during World War I in the town of Cambrai when a French bartender at the New York bar in Paris needed to make use of what little ingredients he had left after Germany took over the city’s resources.

Do I use Cognac or Gin for French 75?

Traditionally, gin is used when making a French 75. In recent years bartenders have begun using cognac to add a modern twist to this cocktail classic.

Cognac is distilled from wine and aged in French oak barrels. It has a fruitier, smoother flavor profile than gin which tastes more herbal and earthy.

Gin tends to have more of an alcohol taste, whereas cognac’s milder flavors make it easier to drink straight up or on the rocks. For those who haven’t tried either, I recommend you try both and see which you prefer.

What can I use if I do not have a cocktail shaker?

I know everybody doesn’t have a cocktail shaker to use to make this recipe. So, here’s how you a few ideas to make a homemade cocktail shaker.

1) Place one smaller inside a larger cup. It should be a tight fit.

2) Use your favorite protein shaker.

3) Use a mason jar and lid.

These are three of the easiest ways to create a homemade shaker. All you need is a top to keep the liquid from spilling out. If you don’t have a strainer use a small fine-mesh strainer.

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what to serve with a French 75?

If you’re looking for some finger foods to serve with this delicious cocktail. I recommend my Johnny cakes with citrus grilled chickengrilled shrimp with chimichurri, black-eyed pea fritters, or fried apple pies.

More Cocktail Ideas:

If you’re looking for some other cocktail and non-alcoholic drinks to serve; try my Sloe Gin Fizz, Strawberry Ginger Lemonade, Blackberry Mint Sangria or Meyer Lemon Sweet Tea.

If you’ve never heard of a French 75 cocktail before, it’s time to get excited. This recipe is easy and tastes great at any point in the day. So, what are you waiting for?

Get out your shaker and start mixing! Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram to see how yours turned out by following this link here. And don’t forget to leave a comment below-I’d love to know if you enjoyed my post or have some feedback about what needs improvement!


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French 75

Kenneth Temple
I love my French 75 recipe. It’s a refreshing cocktail with enough booze to make your eyes roll back in your head!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine French
Servings 2 persons
Calories 176 kcal


  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 oz. lemon juice
  • 4 oz. gin
  • Ice
  • 1 bottle chilled champagne
  • 4 lemon twist for garnish


  • In a shaker add simple syrup, lemon juice, gin and ice. Shake for 8-10 seconds vigorously. Strain into Tom Collins glass or champagne flute, top off with champagne and garnish with lemon twist.


  • To make your own simple syrup: In a small pot combine ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup water, over medium heat, cook until sugar is dissolved. Keep in an airtight container for 30 days.
  • To make lemon twist cut a peel or cut off a strip of lemon skin, then cut into thin strips. Wrap each around a chop stick or something similar.
  • Storage
    French 75 cocktail: A French 75 is best when fresh to enjoy the refreshing flavors. However, you can mix everything except the champagne in a pitcher. Cover and keep in the fridge for 24 hours. Stir before serving and top of each glass with champagne.


Calories: 176kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 40mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cocktails, French 75, gin
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