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French 75 Cocktail

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French 75 Cocktail

French 75 Cocktail
Frances Janisch
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A bit of controversy surrounds the origins of this gin cocktail, but whether its city of birth was Paris or New Orleans, this is a drink meant for celebrations. It's light, fizzy, and festive.


  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) dry gin
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons superfine sugar
  • Chilled champagne or other dry sparkling wine
  • Cracked ice
  • Garnish: lemon slice
  • Equipment: a cocktail shaker and strainer; a 16-ounce highball glass


  • Half fill the cocktail shaker with cracked ice, then add gin, lemon juice, and sugar. Shake the mixture vigorously, then strain it into a highball glass packed with cracked ice. Fill the glass slowly with champagne and give it a stir.