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French 75 Cocktail

Cocktails are enjoying a huge surge in popularity. There’s just something so intriguing about blending a few simple ingredients to create a beverage that will take you away to another place and time; in this case, France.

The French 75 cocktail was named in the late 1800s after the French 75mm field gun, which had a mighty kick. So does the drink, so don’t let those innocent bubbles fool you! The Bocuse Restaurant at the CIA makes this classic with gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, and Champagne. Variations of the French 75 have been made with cognac (which makes the drink a little sweeter) and other sparkling wines. According to European law, only sparkling wines made in the Champagne region of France earn the name Champagne. Look for Prosecco or Cava as a much more affordable way to create this cocktail.

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French 75 Cocktail recipe by The Culinary Institute of America



Makes 1 Serving

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 3 ounces Champagne
  • Lemon twist


  1. Combine the gin with the lemon juice, simple syrup, and ice in a martini shaker.
  2. Shake until cold. Strain into a Collins glass or wine glass filled with fresh ice.
  3. Top with Champagne. Garnish with lemon twist.

Simple Syrup Recipe

  1. Make simple syrup by stirring one cup of sugar and one cup of very hot water until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Bring the water and sugar to a boil. Once made, you can store it in the fridge.

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