French 75 Champagne Cocktail

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The French 75 is a classic cocktail that blends Champagne with gin, lemon juice, and sugar to make a delightful bubbly sipper.

The French 75 was brought onto the cocktail seen during prohibition in the 1920s, and became famous when it was included in a popular cocktail book in 1930. You can read the full story on

The important thing to note is that gin and Champagne go very well together and you’re going to love this classic.

» If you like lemony cocktails, you might also want to try a Vodka Gimlet or a Last Word.

French 75 cocktail

For the gin, we typically use something neutral or with a citrus forward flavor, like Gordon’s. You can go with something more botanical, but it can be overpowering, in my opinion.

The Champagne doesn’t need to be the most expensive bottle. You can go with a Brut or something a bit sweeter, if you like. I’ve substituted with Prosecco and Cava before. It does change the cocktail, but it’s definitely acceptable. Try a few different sparkling wines to find your sweet spot. Just make sure it’s well chilled.

Another variation of this cocktail that’s also very good is to use Cognac in place of the gin. Also very good!

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French 75 cocktail

How to Make a French 75

This cocktail is very easy to make. You’ll need gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and chilled Champagne.

Mix the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake it vigorously for about 20 seconds, until it’s super cold. Then strain it into a flute glass.

Top it up with Champagne. Add a twist of lemon. Done.

Looking for more champagne cocktails? Check out these Valentine’s Day Champagne Cocktails.


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French 75 cocktail
Yield: 1 cocktail

French 75

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The French 75 is a classic cocktail that blends Champagne with gin, lemon juice, and sugar.


  • 1 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 2 oz Champagne or sparkling wine
  • lemon twist for garnish


  1. Pour the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until well chilled.
  2. Strain into a flute glass and top with Champagne and a lemon twist.


You can use any type of sparkling wine in place of Champagne.

For a twist on this drink, try Cognac instead of gin.

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Nutrition Information:


1 cocktail

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 285Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

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6 thoughts on “French 75 Champagne Cocktail

  1. Eric McClung says:

    We made this cocktail on Christmas Eve (the Cognac version) and it was delightful! Champagne certainly has a way of elevating the cocktail experience; especially during the holidays. We also picked up a Champagne Stopper (Kloveo) from Amazon. It worked great as we were able to enjoy our bubbly throughout the weekend. Cheers!

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