How to Make a French 75 Cocktail

French 75 is a cocktail which is sweet in flavour and gives a high hype after drinking and is considered to be one of the high-end cocktails.

It was invented in 1915 by a barman called Harry MacElhone in Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, France. The concept behind the name of the  drink is that it gives a quick shot, as one’s head is bombarded by a very powerful French 75 mm field gun. The drink later gained popularity in America while rising from a New York club called Stork Club. The drink’s recipe is also mentioned in “The Savoury Cocktail Book.”

The recipe makes use of lemon juice, gin, Champagne and any form of sweetener such as Cointreau but there are other variations of this drink as well. One can replace brandy with gin and if you want to add a twist and make French 76, then you can also top up the drink with vodka. To make the basic version of this recipe, please read the following step by step guide.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Utensils: Cocktail shaker, Chilled Champagne flute, stirrer


– ½ ounce of lemon fresh juice
– 1 ounce of gin
– ½ ounce of Cointreau
– Champagne
– Ice cubes as required


  • 1

    Take a cocktail shaker and add the lemon juice in it.

  • 2

    Now add ½ ounce of gin and ½ ounce of Cointreau and pour them into the cocktail shaker along with ice cubes as required. Then shake all the contents thoroughly.

  • 3

    Take a chilled Champagne glass and strain the contents of the mixture in it.

  • 4

    Now top up the drink with Champagne with extra care and garnish it with lemon or orange peel twist.

  • 5

    Your French 75 Cocktail is ready to serve.

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