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The French 75

One of my favorite things about the holiday season, aside from friends and family, is the wide array of tasty cocktails. And while this gem isn't necessarily a holiday, cocktail staple, it's definitely a classy go-to. Oddly I'd never tried it until a few weeks ago, when a cocktail-savvy friend of mine, decided to make them. I was hooked! It is so simple and doesn't require a lot of ingredients. Gin, lemon juice, sugar and champagne...why yes, I'll have another please!

I'll definitely be ringing in the new year with a few of these babies. And with that, Happy New Year to all of you! - Enjoy.

Ingredients (Makes 1 cocktail):

  • 2 ounces gin (I used Hendrix)
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar** (See note)
  • Dry champagne or sparkling wine (I used my favorite brut; Veuve Clicquot)
  • Garnish with lemon spiral and a cocktail cherry (I used Luxardo Cherries)

•• Simply syrup may be used instead of granulated sugar. One quarter ounce of simple syrup is equal in sweetness to one teaspoon of granulated syrup. (Simple syrup is sugar dissolved in water, simmered, and then cooled.. The most common ratio of sugar to water is 1:1


  1. Fill cocktail shaker 3/4 full with ice.
  2. Add gin, lemon juice and sugar, shaking until chilled - 15-20 seconds.
  3. Strain into a coupe glass or champagne flute.
  4. Top with champagne.
  5. Garnish with a lemon spiral and cocktail cherry.
  6. Optional sugar rimmed glass: use lemon wedge to coat rim of glass, then dip glass in sugar.

Photo by Jonathan Stiers ©2015 | Recipe from Serious Eats.

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