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Champagne being poured into flute with gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup

French 75

Posted by: Ari Laing

The French 75 is a classic gin cocktail with fresh lemon juice, homemade simple syrup, and champagne. It is light, effervescent, and perfect on a hot summer day!

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Posted by: Ari Laing
Champagne being poured into flute with gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup
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French 75

This classic gin cocktail features fresh lemon juice, homemade simple syrup, and is topped with cold Champagne! A perfect light and crisp cocktail for both summer gatherings as well as celebratory events!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Cocktail
Keyword: champagne cocktail, christmas themed cocktail, cranberry gin cocktail, french 75, gin cocktail, how to make a french 75, summer cocktail
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 202kcal
Author: Ari Laing


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Jigger
  • Citrus juicer


  • 2 oz distilled gin such as The Botanist
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice plus peel from lemon
  • ½ oz simple syrup see note below
  • 2 oz Champagne cold


  • Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously, then strain into a flute. Fill with cold Champagne, then garnish with twisted lemon peel. Serve immediately.
    champagne being added to french 75 cocktails


  • Instead of Champagne, you could certainly substitute Prosecco, Cava, or Brut. You just want that final splash to be bubbly!
  • You  can replace the gin with cognac, which is actually the original spirit used in this popular drink!
  • Don't want to make simple syrup? Agave nectar is a decent substitute in a pinch!
  • Fresh out of lemons or want something with a little oomph? Try replacing lemon juice with something a bit more tart such fresh grapefruit juice.


Sodium: 13mg | Vitamin C: 8mg | Sugar: 12g | Potassium: 50mg | Calories: 202kcal | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 1g | Protein: 1g | Carbohydrates: 13g | Iron: 1mg
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