A classic, hard-hitting refresher with Champagne and gin.

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 1 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Chill cocktail shaker and glass (champagne flute or collins glass) in the freezer. Add ice to shaker. Pour gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice into shaker. Shake well. Fill chilled glass half full of ice, then strain cocktail into the glass. Top with champagne and garnish with a lemon slice.

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Cook's Note

Don't skimp on the ice or skip the chilling. This drink was meant to be served COLD.

Nutrition Facts

287 calories; 0 g total fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 14 mg sodium. 9.9 g carbohydrates; 0.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (14)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2011
I have always used what I was told was the original recipe: 2 oz. Cognac 1 oz. simple syrup (or 2 tsp. superfine sugar) 1 oz. lemon juice Brut Champagne or other dry sparkling wine In aviation circles, the legend is that this drink was created by Raoul Lufbery in WW1 when he was a member of the Lafayette Escadrille and commanded the 94th Aero Squadron. The name comes from the French 75mm artillery piece that had a kick like a mule. When making this, use a good quality Cognac (VSOP) and a good Brut Champagne and hold on to your chair when you try to get up... Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/18/2018
Close recipe but something s missing. I had this drink at Harry s Bar in Paris. I am told this is where it was first invented in the 20s. The true recipe according to Harry s Bar is gin champagne ABSINTHE (only a dash for taste) sugar and lemon made in a shaker then poured over ice in a tall glass. I have never seen nor heard of it made with absinthe any place else. The absinthe does make a difference. Does anyone else know this recipe? Read More
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2011
I have always used what I was told was the original recipe: 2 oz. Cognac 1 oz. simple syrup (or 2 tsp. superfine sugar) 1 oz. lemon juice Brut Champagne or other dry sparkling wine In aviation circles, the legend is that this drink was created by Raoul Lufbery in WW1 when he was a member of the Lafayette Escadrille and commanded the 94th Aero Squadron. The name comes from the French 75mm artillery piece that had a kick like a mule. When making this, use a good quality Cognac (VSOP) and a good Brut Champagne and hold on to your chair when you try to get up... Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2011
Like another reviewer had said; the French 75 is meant to be made with a Brut (dry champagne) and gin. This is not likely to be for the sweet cocktail drinker. If the drinker would like it to be sweet I advise that you use a Sec. I enjoyed it! Refreshing reminiscent of lemonade crisp and definitely "hard-hitting!" Enjoy and let the good times roll! Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2010
Well now that I'm awake from my nap I can review the recipe!----I think this recipe is completely dependant on the champagne you use. Using a brut it's definitely not sweet so be aware of that. I liked it but don't know that I'd make it again just not a "knock your socks off" recipe (but a "knock you out" recipe!).:) A great way to use up a bottle of champagne leftover from mimosas at breakfast. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2014
I'm a fan. Through and through. Tweak it to your personal taste...but my family friends and myself love it as is. Dreamy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2016
This is "my drink" while going to nice restaurants. Finally decided to try making them at home...gin and tonics took a back seat! This one is a heavy hitter but I love it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/03/2015
This was light and refreshing. Honestly I think I'd just drink the bubbles straight but it was something different. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2018
This drink is fantastic!! It's perfect as is or as a base for at least a dozen other drink ideas! I've only made one of these so far just by adding about a 1-1/2 tsp of Blackberry Puree in the bottom of the glass first - utter summertime perfection! ( I didn't get a picture because I couldn't stop drinking it! ) Oh it's also great to partially mix in bulk then top either in a pitcher or individually with the champagne! Perfect for a group Brunch! Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/17/2018
Close recipe but something s missing. I had this drink at Harry s Bar in Paris. I am told this is where it was first invented in the 20s. The true recipe according to Harry s Bar is gin champagne ABSINTHE (only a dash for taste) sugar and lemon made in a shaker then poured over ice in a tall glass. I have never seen nor heard of it made with absinthe any place else. The absinthe does make a difference. Does anyone else know this recipe? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2020
I'm not a gin drinker and so I used vodka. Yummy! Read More