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It was time to make another cocktail. We tried a French 75 which dates back to early 1900s in Paris. Apparently, it was called the French 75 in comparison to a 75 mm cannon. Sounds like my kind of drink!

We put the lemon juice, simple syrup and gin in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice.

French 75 1

I shook it hard until the shaker was frosted. The cocktail was strained into the glass and was topped with the champagne.

French 75 2

The drink was garnished with a twist of lemon zest.

French 75 4

The Verdict

We made two versions of this drink. One with gin and the second with rum. The gin version was superior in the opinion of the missus, my friend and myself.

The gin version was delicious. It has a nice fresh taste with not too much tart from the lemon. We really liked this.

The Old Fat Guy

French 75 Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail

French 75 Cocktail


  • 15 ml (1/2 ounce) lemon juice
  • 15 ml (1/2 ounce) simple syrup (2 parts sugar dissolved in 1 part water)
  • 25 ml (1 ounce) gin
  • 75 ml (3 ounces) champagne or sparkling white wine
  • twist of lemon zest


  1. Put the lemon juice, simple syrup and gin in a cocktail shaker 1/2 filled with ice.
  2. Shake hard until the shaker is frosty.
  3. Strain the cocktail into a glass.
  4. Top with the champagne and garnish with a twist of lemon zest.
  5. Serve.
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2 Responses

  1. Disco!

    Such a treat to check in with your great blog! MAIS OUI!

    Fantastic stuff!

    From this fun drink, to your cukes with yogurt, and then ‘parm-crusted halibut’ and more; it is always a treat to check in here!

    I left the smoker site a few days back; (all good, just time to make a change), & so kindly keep in touch on email as you like & I will be better about checking your fine blog as well!

    Meanwhile, I hope that you & your lovely bride keep cranking out fantastic food, wine, humor, and so it goes! Happy Labor Day!!

    Cheers!!!! – LB

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