French 75 Cocktail

French 75 Cocktail

french75What was once old is new again!  And that goes for the French 75 cocktail (or as the French call it a Soixante Quinze).  The drink originated in Paris during World War I, and was said to “have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun!”

Well its made a stunning resurgence and I have to say I think that’s wonderful news.  One sip and you’ll have to agree.  I made mine with Uncle Val’s Gin because of all the wonderful botanical flavors in it.  As for the sparkling wine aspect – stick to Proseccos’ – their crisp, clean flavors and affordable price points make them perfect for this recipe.

Make this your first summer sipper on your patio when the sun comes out tomorrow!


  •   1 oz gin
  •   1/2 oz. simple syrup
  •   1/2 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  •   Brut Champagne or dry sparkling white wine
  •    lemon twist, to garnish


Combine gin, simple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake until well chilled and strain in a glass.   Top with Champagne and garnish with long lemon twist to serve