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.

  • Katie

    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!

    • Tracy

      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!

  • Lori from a family's life

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

  • Claudia

    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!

  • emily

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

  • MaryBeth

    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!!!

  • Deanna

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

  • Kasey

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

  • misty

    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!

    • Tracy

      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!

  • Jane M

    OH this looks just GREAT!

  • The Waspyxmas Redhead

    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!

  • Samantha

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

  • Angela

    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. 🙂

  • Aimee

    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.

  • michelle

    Where did you edit all your photos?

  • Kim

    Who’s my girl!!!! YOU ROCK!!

  • Dana

    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!

  • Vanessa

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

  • Judi

    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 🙂

  • Stacy Brewer

    Aah, Tracey, I’m loving all these gin drinks! Girl after my own heart! 🙂

  • Nicole

    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!

  • aida mollenkamp

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

  • Megan Gordon

    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

  • Meli (Blush + Jelly)

    Booze on booze? I’m loving this!

  • Danielle

    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.

  • Valeria

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

  • Jennifer Duncan

    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!

  • Nik

    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

    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

  • Folks Gotta Eat

    Oops!… I Did it Again…

    You might think the title of this post refers to overdoing it on cocktails on New Years Eve (and you’d be partly right) but no I am referring to my almost pathological tendency to over do it when it comes……

  • Kate

    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!

    • Tracy

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

  • Carrie B.

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

  • Lauren

    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!!!!

    • Tracy

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

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  • Ozgirl

    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

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

  • Alyssa [SocraTeas]

    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

    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

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  • Jess

    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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  • Sarah D

    We always have these at my parents’ house. My grandfather says they got their names from a french bomber plane in WW2, and his favorite punchline in the story is “because they get you bombed”… 😉

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