Cocktail Hour: French 75

French 75

French 75

Christine came into town last weekend without Charles in a counter move to his “man weekend” a few weeks ago in the mountains of Western Pennsylvania.  She requested that we have a weekend that would be, “some sort of spoof on staying up late, not showering, drinking massive quantities of light beer, playing video games and having chili made from the last of the previous season’s wild game kill.”  Of course, I quickly agreed.  For our Friday cocktail hour, we had a delicious round of French 75s.  Somehow, these became our go-to drink over the summer, probably because we always seem to have a little gin on hand, as well as a sack full of lemons, and a jar of simple syrup.  Though they are elegant and not terribly difficult to make, they pack a wallop (mostly due to the secret ingredient:  drinkablility), so be careful. 

There are some good stories about the origin of the drink and its original formulation (some say it was first made with cognac), so it’s worth reading the lore surrounding it.   
Enjoy, before it gets too chilly; they are incredibly refreshing.      
In a shaker or small pitcher, combine:
2 tablespoons simple syrup
2 ounces of gin
1 ounce of fresh lemon juice
A few ice cubes
Shake or stir until cold, then strain into two flute glasses.  Fill with chilled champagne or other sparkling wine.  Garnish with a twist.  

28 thoughts on “Cocktail Hour: French 75

  1. Sue Kreke Rumbaugh says:

    Hello darlings,
    Thank you ever so much for the pork and prose!
    So unlike Charles and Christine to want to lounge so, but so like you to take them in and pleasure them so.
    I find this recipe interesting and will try it soon, I am sure. I especially like the administering of “incisions” to your meat….so surgeon-like….with care and tenderness for the dead, cooked rump. Reminds me of the essay, “The Knife” by Richard Selzer. If you don’t have a copy, I could email you one!
    Love, hugs and kisses
    …from the Appalachian Mountains of WPA

  2. Pretty Project says:

    Sounds wonderful. Even though it’s Friday morning I could use on those puppies! 🙂

  3. sarah says:

    Switch out the simple syrup for honey syrup sometime for a Bees Knees! (I love gin & lemon based cocktails.)

  4. Anthony says:

    I love this drink. The restaurant where I work has it on their cocktail list and it’s disappointingly unpopular.

    • Scott says:

      I too love this drink, and I had also forgotten about it. Now I’ll have to go get one, or the ingredients to make it!

  5. Mmmm. Approaching the color of la fée verte but surely not as lethal. (Might it be tasty with chocolate? Perhaps not.)

  6. hmp12475 says:

    Oh Yeah!!
    Looks delicious, I sure am going to try it today evening!

  7. MMMMMMMM About to make one! 😉

  8. jimmynorth says:

    interesting colour! green. like some medicine. lol! i am joking anyway. thanks for recipe. i think i will try it!

  9. gim says:

    I do love its color! You know – its lovely !

  10. Jessica says:

    That looks very…refreshing 🙂

  11. kat milks says:

    this looks like a lot of fun tonight- t-minus the games and the loud noise! Im thinking log cabin!:-)

  12. perkyperps says:

    i’d like to try this out.
    thanks for sharing!

  13. pariskarin says:

    This post popped up on the WordPress opening page when I was going to login for my blog. We have a similar blog theme, too. 😀

    French 75s sound awesome! So simple and sound so refreshing. I am going to note the recipe for next summer. And YUM — with cognac? David Lebovitz just posted about a cognac tasting and tour he took. I live in France, and while of course gin is here, too, I would love to try this out with cognac. Delicious!

  14. Jaamin says:

    sounds very interesting, I have never try this one before yet 🙂 Cheers!

  15. paulwmitchel says:

    I would like to try this one..

  16. NASHAT says:


  17. dancingirja says:

    Mmm.. to cold for these autumn nights here, though.

  18. bb says:

    es i am here so hello

  19. Daniel says:

    Mmmmm…I drank far too many of these when I lived in New Orleans for a few months. I’m glad these kinds of classic gin cocktails are coming back in style both at home and at bars…

  20. ….And I think I’ll be making these next weekend!

  21. greycat213 says:

    Gotta try some French75s with my bunko group…wonder how much vodka would change it…gin kills too many brain cells!

  22. kassie smith says:

    The first time I had this wonderful cocktail was at a treasure of a restaurant in Laguna Beach called….”French 75″…
    La La!

  23. ifer says:

    Fig-bun – We have friends who are throwing a fabulous Christmas party. Would you kindly advise as to the perfect signature cocktail?

    • fignatius says:

      I am planning to post a new cocktail called the Cherise in a few days! Stay tuned. It is potent, but has a strangely holiday feel. I’m also thinking of a punch-style offering…’tis the season!

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