French 75

French 75 is a cocktail made from gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar. It is also called a 75 Cocktail, or in French simply a Soixante Quinze (Seventy Five). The drink dates to World War I, and an early form was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris—later Harry’s New York Bar—by barman Harry MacElhone. The combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun.


Published: March 19, 2020


  • 60ml gin
  • 20ml fresh lemon juice
  • 20ml simple syrup
  • 60ml Champagne
  • 1 lemon


  1. Combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until outside of the shaker becomes very cold. This should take about 20 seconds.
  3. Strain cocktail through into a large flute before topping off with Champagne.
  4. Garnish with a lemon peel twist.