French 75

Champagne! Never been a fan (blasphemy, right?!). I'm not sure why. I guess I always end up inhaling bubbles and then they spew out my nose. Truth!

Did you know that I married into a champagne loving family? A good portion of my in-laws take their champagne drinking to a whole new level. It's as if they're athletes and champagne is their Gatorade. You think I'm kidding?

Today is the last Monday of 2011 and chances are you're looking for a signature cocktail for New Years Eve. Champagne lovers, listen up! The French 75 is slightly herbal with the gin, it's tart with the lemon juice and slightly sweet with that cute little sugar cube floating on the bottom. A word of caution-These cocktails are a bit STRONG. Two of these French 75s may or may not have caused my husband to fall asleep on the couch at 8pm the other night...

There are many variations of this classic cocktail. Some recipes call for cognac instead of gin. Others may add Cointreau or brown sugar and it's often served in a collins glass. I think the champagne flute makes it a little more festive. Enjoy!

And we're off!

Gather your ingredients.

We used sugar cubes in this recipe. You could always mix the sugar in your cocktail shaker.

Juice your lemon.

Get out some really good gin! We used North Shore Distillery Gin No. 6.

(a complex balance of citrus, spice & floral notes)

And some real Champagne! We used Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve NV.

(medium in body, refreshing with notes of flowers, sweet spice & hazelnuts)

Pour the gin in the cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Next you pour in your lemon juice. SHAKE!!!!!!

Drop a sugar cube into the bottom of each champagne flute. I prefer two, but it's cuz I like sweeter things.

Pour the gin/lemon juice in the glass. FIZZ TIME!

Slowly pour the champagne on top. A little at a time or else you get a volcano situation.

Take a lemon peel and give it a little twist!

Now you're ready to get this PARTY STARTED!!

Watch out! It's booze on booze!

French 75

makes 2

(recipe from Esquire Magazine)

  • 2 ounces dry gin
  • 2 sugar cubes (more depending on your taste)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 5 ounces Brut champagne
  • lemon peels, for garnish

Add a sugar cube (or two) to the bottom of each champagne flute. Place gin and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into each champagne flute. Top off each glass with champagne and add a lemon peel for garnish.

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  • Katie
    December 26, 2011

    This is a recipe for a Merry New Year if I've ever seen one! Were those Meyer Lemons you were using? I bet that would help with sweeten a touch.

    Thank you for enhancing my year with your blog. It will be fun to see what's in store for 2012!

    • December 27, 2011

      I did use Meyer Lemons but they were TANGY!! Not really that sweet at all. Crazy, huh?

      Thank you soo much for stopping by here Katie. It means a lot to me! Happy New Year!

  • December 26, 2011

    This looks so great! I love champagne!
    Thanks for the recipe (btw the pictures are gorgeous!)

  • December 26, 2011

    Do you think instead of the Lemon juice and the Sugar cube, you could some freshly made Lemoncello? My husband just finished a batch and I want to say that it is lemony (is that a word?) and sweet enough to maybe be used. Of course that would be Liquor upon Liquor upon Liquor....YIKES! Love your blog and podcast with Joy! Happy Holidays!

    • December 26, 2011

      Yes! I tried it! It's fantastic!

  • December 26, 2011

    Champagne cocktails are so deadly! Have you tried champagne with amaretto?

  • MaryBeth
    December 26, 2011

    Oh yum! I can't wait to try this, I think I'm with your in-laws and their champagne drinking! This recipe would probably be great with Lambrusco as well!

    Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!!!

  • December 26, 2011

    Yum! Champagne cocktails are so much fun. I'm a huge champagne lover, but I'm always adding liqueurs to it just for fun.

  • December 26, 2011

    My kind of people! I love champagne, and this cocktail is totally up my alley. Happy 2012!

    • December 27, 2011

      You'd get along with them swimmingly then! Happy New Year to you and Matthew!! xoxo

  • December 26, 2011

    I love French 75's, though we always use Hendricks Gin. It's a cucumber gin, have you ever tried them that way?

    Happy new year Tracy!

    • December 27, 2011

      We love Hendricks in my house! We picked this gin to appease the people who might not like gin! It also matched really well with the Champagne Casey selected! Happy New Year to you, Misty!

  • December 26, 2011

    OH this looks just GREAT!

  • The Waspyxmas Redhead
    December 26, 2011

    One of my favorite cocktails for sure. My "cheers" serves the congac variety, but I'm a gin fan, so I'll give this a shot at home. Thanks for sharing!

    • December 27, 2011

      Nice! Tell me about about this "cheers" person.

  • December 26, 2011

    I love champagne, but I hate gin. Although adding the sugar cube may make everything way better. Gonna have to try!

    • December 27, 2011

      You might like this gin! We picked it for the people who aren't gin lovers!

  • Angela
    December 26, 2011

    Oh man, this is my favourite somewhat girly mixed drink. I'm not a big fan of girl drinks, especially "tinis", but I'll girl it up a bit with this when we hit the town. Anything with gin has my vote as a great drink. :)

    • December 27, 2011

      Oh girl! This drink is FIERCE!! Only slightly girly if you ask me ;)

  • Aimee
    December 26, 2011

    Another really great champagne cocktail is a Kir Royale. It's champagne with cassis, and quite lovely. Add a few pomegranate seeds on top for added festivity.

    • December 27, 2011

      Oh yes. That's sounds really good. I bet I'd be really into that.

  • michelle
    December 27, 2011

    Where did you edit all your photos?

  • Kim
    December 27, 2011

    Who's my girl!!!! YOU ROCK!!

  • December 27, 2011

    I do love champagne and a French 75 is my favorite cocktail. For real! I'll be enjoying these all week! I hope you had a great Christmas!

    • December 27, 2011

      Ooh delightful! We had a fantastic Christmas! I hope yours was a blast! xoxox

  • December 27, 2011

    It's official. I would like to booze with you. You come up with the most fabulous cocktails.

  • December 27, 2011

    Oh wow! I foresee a boozy shopping trip in my future. Attending a friend's NYE party in their new place and this will be a great party favor :)

  • December 27, 2011

    Aah, Tracey, I'm loving all these gin drinks! Girl after my own heart! :)

  • December 27, 2011

    I'm with you on the regular champagne thing. A few years back we went to Chandon and we were surprised to find we didn't like anything! I'm sure I'll completely love this, though. Gin, lemon and bubbles...mmmm. I hope you had a great Christmas, Tracy!

  • December 27, 2011

    I adore the French 75 -- so tasty and festive. Cheers!

  • December 27, 2011

    Booze on booze? Magic to my ears. Janet and I are spending New Years together this year -- this could very well make an appearance. xox

  • December 28, 2011

    Booze on booze? I'm loving this!

  • Danielle
    December 28, 2011

    I want to like gin, I really do, but it tastes like pine trees? These looks super pretty though and i would probably drink them even if they tasted like pine trees.

  • December 29, 2011

    I'm definitely gonna try this on New Year's Eve!!

  • December 29, 2011

    As a serious lover of Agatha Christie and all the other delightful English women writers from the 1920's, I've always wondered what a Gin Fizz was, but for some reason never looked it up. As soon as I saw this recipe, I went "Aha!" This must be it. So, I finally, after all these years, just looked it up. It is almost the same. A traditional Gin Fizz uses Club soda, but since I LOVE champagne this sounds much better. I'm off to check the cupboard for Gin!

  • December 30, 2011

    I love your booze posts! This one has me excited! I got into gin over the summer and I'm so happy about this.

  • Elizabeth in London
    December 31, 2011

    I was gifted the 'Savoy Book of Cocktails' for Christmas which is based on the 1920s original book. I got all excited about making cocktails only to discover that each recipe seemed to contain hard-to-find booze. Anyway, your post saved the day as I had all the components in the kitchen! I used Bombay Saphire and Cava and it was delish. Big thanks xx

  • January 2, 2012

    I made this recipe for French 75s on New Year's for my family, unfortunately I was feeling under the weather (lame) and I only had one, but it was quite delicious. We used Hendricks and it turned out to be really floral. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

    • January 3, 2012

      lame (on being sick!) but totally glad you tried it! I can't wait to see how it changes with Hendricks!

  • Carrie B.
    January 4, 2012

    My friend and I made these for New Year's Eve and they were wonderful! A perfect, sweet/tangy/bubbly drink.

  • Lauren
    January 10, 2012

    My favorite French 75 memory is sharing them with my Mom on a mother daughter trip to Paris . I have never made them at home - I'm inspired now!!!!

    • January 10, 2012

      We should make them at the next get together! I'll bring the gin! (and the sugar cubes since I have a TON)

      • Lauren
        January 12, 2012

        For sure- maybe plan on a sleepover- since two put Casey to sleep at 8pm :0

  • Ozgirl
    May 9, 2012

    Oh Dear and here I thought we really could be friends...

    You not liking champagne is almost as bad as the girl I follow on twitter who admitted to not finishing a bottle between her and a friend. Shocking!!!

    • Tracy
      May 9, 2012

      It made me throw up once...and I go right back to that time. Yikes.

  • May 9, 2012

    Champagne and gin...two things I love. I am thinking about making this next week at a party for a friend who is returning from a semester in France. Mmmm. Can't wait to try it!

  • Katya
    May 14, 2012

    My boyfriend and I just made these this past weekend and I could not believe how delicious (and toxic) they were. This is truly our new favorite cocktail! Especially because my boyfriend praises gin and I love champagne

  • Jess
    December 31, 2013

    Love French 75s! We use Hendricks usually and have discovered that a dash or 2 of grapefruit bitters up the citrusy nature of the drink and also help it from becoming too sugary. Delicious!

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