Alternative French 75 Cocktail

Alright folks, I can appreciate a classic, after all, I’m an avid antique hunter and thrift shopper. That being said, I love to derive from the classic or standard options for something more unique or eclectic from time to time; because, sometimes you just have to experiment and open new doors. With that in mind, let’s dive right into an alternative concoction for a classic cocktail, the French 75!

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Let’s start with a little history lesson and introduction to the French 75, shall we? While it’s hard to pin point the exact origin of the cocktail due to numerous gin and champagne combinations, it’s creation is attributed to a Parisian bartender who named the drink around 1915 during the early stages of World War I; over the years, it continued to gain traction through the early 20th century when it was published in several cocktail recipe books, making this drink an instant classic. 

french 75 shaker

Fun fact, this deliciously intoxicating drink was named after the French 75mm field gun, as it was said to have a kick equal to the firearm itself. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a French 75mm field gun, but straight up, it’s a canon; it was even used as an anti-aircraft gun! Keeping that in mind, this cocktail packs one hell of a punch and is sure to knock you off your feet if you’re not careful. I can confirm, one serving and I was toast. 

french 75 top off

Although there have been many combinations over the years, the traditional recipe for this cocktail calls for a combination of gin, champagne, lemon juice, and simple syrup; however, this particular recipe derives from the traditional, and offers a creative and delicious twist you’re sure to love. 

french 75 up close

This version of the French 75 substitutes limes for lemons, adds a splash of triple sec, and is topped off with Prosecco. With all the variations of the French 75, there’s no need to worry if you don’t have every last ingredient. Get in your kitchen and experiment a little…or a lot! You simply cannot fail, as the various takes on this classic are far from limited. 

french 75

So, make that drink, sit back, relax, and be obliterated.


serves one

1 oz Gin
1 oz Cointreau (or Triple-Sec of your choice)
1/2 Fresh Squeezed Lime
1 tsp Sugar (or Simple Syrup)
Prosecco (or Champagne) for topping


In a shaker, combine gin, Cointreau, lime juice and sugar over ice. Shake shake shake until well combined.

Pour into old fashioned or low ball glass over ice.

Top with prosecco and enjoy! 


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