Sip A French 75 For A Sparkly Cocktail

In The Imbibery and Distillery by Christine McKellar

It’s believed  this drink was devised by American soldiers in World War I who were homesick for a good ole Tom Collins.  Gin and lemons were available but not so with the soda. What was available in abundance was Champagne. The result of their creative cocktail-ery was a sparkling and refreshing indulgence named after the French-made 75-millimeter guns used during the war.





1 ounce gin

1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

1/2 ounce Simple Syrup

4 ounces chilled brut Champagne

lemon rind twist



Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin, lemon juice and Simple Syrup and shake well. Strain into a chilled flute and stir in the Champagne. Add a twist of lemon rind for garnish.