After World War I, American pilots returned with news of an amazing cocktail being served throughout Paris: the French 75. The classic champagne and liquor mix packs a sweet lively flavor that you’ll love.


The French 75, named after the 75-millimeter gun that was a staple of the French artillery, debuted in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris. The cocktail is light and potent, just like the gun it’s named after. Here’s what you’ll need to make a French 75 this weekend.


  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • Champagne


Combine gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a champagne glass and top off with Champagne. Garnish with a twist of lemon.


The cocktail can also be made with cognac, but we think the gin keeps it a little lighter. Cheers.