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Classic French 75 Cocktail Recipe

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Mar 19, 2020 • 1 min read

Bubbly and fresh with an undercurrent of sharp botanical bite, the French 75 is the celebratory cocktail done right: With equal doses of both levity and gravitas.



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What Is a French 75?

The French 75 is a classic cocktail Champagne cocktail attributed to a bartender named Harry MacElhone at the New York Bar in Paris. According to the legend, Harry MacElhone thought that living life in the mad swirl of World War I merited a hybrid between a Champagne cocktail and a gin cocktail.

Originally, the French 75 was served in a highball glass, but the French 75s of today are more likely served in a flute. Different riffs within the recipe have been popular throughout the cocktail’s history: Cognac for gin, for example, or a dash of absinthe.

French 75 Cocktail Recipe

1 cocktail
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min


  • 2 ounces dry gin
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup
  • Sparkling wine, like Champagne, prosecco, or cava, to fill
  • Cracked or crushed ice, optional
  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup; fill with ice, and shake vigorously.
  2. Strain into a chilled Champagne flute or highball glass (partly filled with ice, if preferred).
  3. Top with sparkling wine until filled. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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