How to Make the French 75 Cocktail

Named after the French made 75-millimetre guns used during World War I, the French 75 Cocktail was said to have a combination of ingredients that deliver a strong kick as if the imbiber was hit by the powerful gun.

French 75 Cocktail Recipe

The French 75 cocktail, or the soixante quinze, was originally made with Cognac but in more recent times, it has become popular to use gin. The drink is a combination of gin, lemon juice and simple syrup, shaken with ice and topped with Champagne.

The French 75 is refreshing, light, a little tart and sparkling, a versatile drink to make when entertaining guests. It makes a great brunch cocktail, goes down easily in the afternoon and adds a festive touch as a sparkling drink to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

French 75 Cocktail Recipe


  • 45 ml gin
  • 25 ml fresh lemon juice
  • 20 ml simple syrup
  • champagne or sparkling wine to top

Glassware: champagne flute
Garnish: lemon twist


In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add gin, syrup and lemon juice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top with champagne or sparkling wine and stir gently. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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How to Make the French 75 Cocktail was last modified: November 24th, 2016 by Corinne Mossati
Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of Cocktails & Bars and popular online magazine Gourmantic. She is named in the Australian Bartender Magazine Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy who judges the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions. Read the full bio here.