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Cocktail of the week: French 75

By Amber Rolt on 11/07/14 8:01 AM

Holiday time is here, and if you haven’t made it overseas yet, there’s no reason you still can’t enjoy a classic French cocktail at home for a sophisticated summer evening in.


The French 75 was first created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris and was later adapted by barman Harry MacElhone at Harry’s New York bar. The combo was said to have such a kick, that it felt like being shelled by the powerful French 75mm field gun.


The recipe was first recorded in The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930, but is still just as popular today. At some point in its early history this drink was made with Cognac in place of the gin and there is some question as to which version is the real French 75, but gin is the more common. To add an extra twist, if the same drink is made with vodka for the base spirit, it is a French 76. Here is how to make it at home:




1 ounce gin or Cognac

1/2 ounce Cointreau orange liqueur

1/2 ounce lemon juice






Pour the lemon juice, gin, and Cointreau into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

Shake well.

Strain into a chilled Champagne flute.

Carefully fill with Champagne.

Serve and enjoy


Amusez-vous bien!