Easter French 75 Cocktail

The French 75, despite its imposing name, is actually a delightful cocktail named after the swift-firing 75-millimeter field gun used by the French during World War One. It's a concoction of gin, fresh lemon juice, sugar, and Champagne, blending together into a drink far friendlier than its namesake suggests.

Its origins are shrouded in mystery, adding to its allure. Some credit its emergence to a 1927 publication called "Here’s How" from a New York humor magazine during the Prohibition era. Others point to Harry Craddock's 1930 "The Savoy Cocktail Book" for immortalizing the recipe. Yet, the true inventor remains elusive, likely lost to the annals of time.

The creation of the French 75 was likely a result of experimentation, a fortunate fusion of gin and Champagne, two beloved spirits complemented by sugar and lemon. While gin is the classic choice, historical records suggest cognac may have also had a place in the original recipe, offering a different yet equally enjoyable version of this timeless cocktail.

Today, the French 75 holds court in cocktail bars and brunch menus alike, offering a more potent alternative to the traditional Mimosa. Its effervescence refreshes the palate, making it a perfect companion to brunch staples like eggs Benedict. Whether you opt for the gin or cognac variation, the French 75 stands as a classic worthy of rediscovery with each sip, a testament to its enduring appeal across generations.


  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup (adjust to taste)
  • 2 oz Champagne or sparkling wine
  • Lemon twist or cherry, for garnish


  1. Begin by chilling a Champagne flute or coupe glass in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes. A chilled glass helps keep the cocktail nice and cold.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour in the gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and simple syrup.

  3. Shake the mixture vigorously for about 10-15 seconds until it's well chilled and properly mixed.

  4. Strain the mixture into the chilled Champagne flute or coupe glass. The fine strainer helps to ensure there are no ice shards or pulp in the cocktail.

  5. Top off the drink with Champagne or sparkling wine. The effervescence of the bubbles adds a delightful fizz to the cocktail.

  6. Garnish your French 75 with a lemon twist or a cherry for a touch of elegance and flavor.

  7. Serve immediately and enjoy your Easter-themed French 75!

Easter Twist:
To give your French 75 a festive Easter touch, consider adding a small pastel-colored candy egg as a garnish. It not only adds a pop of color to your cocktail but also adds a playful Easter element. Additionally, you can serve the cocktail alongside some Easter-themed treats like mini chocolate eggs or sugar-coated almonds to enhance the holiday spirit. With its bright and refreshing flavors, the French 75 is sure to be a hit at any Easter brunch or gathering, bringing a touch of sophistication and celebration to the occasion.

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