Among the pre-prohibition classic cocktails, the French 75 might just be the classiest – and most refreshing. The old fashioned is the king of the cocktail bar, and the martini owns the business cocktail hour crowd, but the French 75 is the versatile drink that can class up any scene. And it’s only got four ingredients, so it’s simple to make.
A healthy serving of freshly squeezed lemon juice helps bring out the floral qualities of the gin in this light, springtime drink, and the champagne float is the effervescent cherry on top. Just in case you didn’t feel high society enough already, this drink is served in a champagne flute.
Another great part about the French 75 is its versatility. It works as well at a garden party as it does a gala, and if you swap the proportions of gin and champagne, it makes an excellent brunch cocktail.
Basically, the French 75 can be whatever you want it to be.
*Recipe modified from Thanksgiving.com
- 2 ounces gin
- 1.5 ounces lemon juice
- 1.5 ounces simple syrup
- To finish champagne
- 1 Mix the first three ingredients in a champagne flute.
- 2 Top with champagne and serve.