French 75

Champagne Wednesday: French 75

I’ve decided on the perfect description for this #champagnewednesday thing: “It’s like a tiny Christmas, covered in bubbles.”  I think that pretty adequately sums things up.

This week’s cocktail is called the “French 75″–a pretty potent blend of gin, lemon and sparkling wine.  We used Meyer lemon and cava in ours.  It was good, seriously potent, but I think I’d make a few swaps next time, namely that instead of lemon juice and powdered sugar, I’d make a lemon simple syrup.  Also, a bit of ginger.  I feel kind of ginger-y these days.


Champagne Wednesday: French 75

Yield: 1 cocktail


  • 1.5 ounces of dry gin
  • fresh juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. powdered sugar
  • 1 187-ml bottle of sparking wine
  • lemon peel for garnish (optional)


  1. Put ice in a glass. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  2. Pour in dry gin, fresh lemon juice and then top off with sparkling wine.
  3. Sip. Enjoy. Be mellow.

Recipe from Avalon Wine

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2 thoughts on “Champagne Wednesday: French 75

  1. Dexter Bear

    We used a simple syrup with Meyer lemons. I think I’d go with regular lemons next time. We used our house gin, which isn’t that dry. Next time I’ll pick up a drier gin.

    I love the idea of grating some fresh ginger over it.

    This one definitely took me a few sips to get into, but I did wind up enjoying it as the ice melted.

  2. Lauren Post author

    It did take us a few sips as well, but I think it’s a good drink overall and would especially go lovely with a charcuterie-and-cheese plate. Agreed on the drier gin. Also, might try it with orange instead of lemon altogether…

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