French 75 champagne cocktail recipe

A champagne cocktails that hits home: French 75.
A champagne cocktails that hits home: French 75. Photo: Kristoffer Paulsen

The story goes that this drink was invented by an American airman fighting alongside the French in World War I. Quite the playboy, he thought the local champagne he was guzzling didn't have quite enough kick so he dosed it up with a splash of cognac. The resulting beverage was said to hit you like a shell from a French 75mm field gun. These days, it's usually made with gin for a lighter and fresher version that's still just as delicious – and dangerous.


45ml gin 

25ml fresh lemon juice 

20ml sugar syrup 

sparkling wine to top 

preserved cherry and lemon peel to garnish


Add gin, lemon and sugar syrup to a cocktail shaker full of ice and shake hard for 10 seconds.

Strain into a highball glass, fill with fresh ice and top with sparkling wine.

Garnish with a preserved cherry and a twist of lemon peel.