French 75 cocktail


French 75 Cocktail

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We all know the saying, 'what is old is new again', and this cocktail is no exception

This French 75 Cocktail goes back over 100 years and was popular in France during WWI. Like the almost 200-year-old Italian Spritz, which gained popularity in the United States this past decade, the French 75 will soon follow.

This drink is an excellent alternative to the Mimosa. It is light, refreshing, and packs a little more of a punch. Even if you’re not a fan of gin, we encourage you to try this smooth and fresh cocktail. Here in the WOT Test Kitchen we also improved this recipe slightly by making our own lemon-infused simple syrup. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

French 75 Cocktail

Servings 2


  • 2 champagne flutes


French 75 Cocktail
  • 2 oz London Dry Gin
  • 1 oz lemon infused simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice or juice of one lemon
  • 6 oz champagne or other dry sparkling wine
  • 2 twists of lemon
Lemon Infused Simple Syrup
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced and rind


French 75 Cocktail
  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the gin, simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice. Shake well.
  • In each flute, place one lemon twist. Evenly divide the gin mixture between the two champagne flutes and fill the empty portion of each glass with champagne or your sparkling wine.
Lemon Infused Simple Syrup
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, water, juice of the half lemon and the rind.
  • Simmer until all the sugar dissolves. Turn off heat and let sit for 30 minutes.
  • Strain and chill the lemon infused simple syrup and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
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All photos by Lorianne DeVita