Sparkling, bubbly cocktail packs a punch – French 75 recipe

To treat myself after my half marathon a couple weeks ago, I celebrated with a glass of champagne and a French 75. I never really drank champagne much until visiting the Chandon winery on a trip to Napa a few years ago. Since then I often keep a bottle chilled in my frig to sip on after a long day.  I  like drinking mimosas on holidays but my favorite champagne cocktail is the French 75.

It is a mixture of fresh lemon juice, simple syrup or sugar, and gin topped with champagne. It is so light, refreshing and crisp with the tangy taste of citrus from the lemon balanced with the earthy flavor of the gin then finished off with the bubbly champagne. Don’t drink too many of these though – they are quite powerful!

Simple ingredients for French 75.

Simple ingredients for French 75.



Here is my recipe for a French 75:

2 ounces gin

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon simple syrup or sugar

Shake these three ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a champagne glass or coupe glass then top with champagne.

French 75 cocktail.

French 75 cocktail.

I think it’s best for brunch but I drink French 75’s whenever I like!

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