04/10/2015 05:09 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The French 75 Champagne Cocktail Will Change How You Do Brunch (VIDEO)

Ramone Dickerson and Corey Simmons of OWN's "2 Fat 2 Fly" may be known for making stuffed chicken wings, but even these fun-loving Southern guys know the importance of having a great cocktail recipe on hand. For Ramone, simplicity is key, so he enjoys making an easy French 75, a sophisticated drink made with champagne and gin.

French 75

champagne cocktail

Serves 2


  • 1.5 oz. gin
  • 3/4 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • Champagne (3 to 4 oz.)
  • Ice cubes


Pour the gin, simple syrup and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well to chill.

Place a cocktail strainer over a champagne flute and slowly pour half of the mixture into the first flute. Repeat with the second flute.

Top off each flute with champagne.

Optional finish: Cut a thin, one- to two-inch slice of skin off a lemon. Using a match, flame the lemon slice on the yellow exterior -- "We're going to get some of these oils out," Ramone explains as he demonstrates in the above video -- and then rub the exterior of the slice along the rim of each flute.

"2 Fat 2 Fly," airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

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