Recipe: French 75 (Gin, Lemon and Champagne Cocktail)

Helen Rosner

Named for a WWI-era piece of French artillery, the dainty, effervescent French 75—a combination of gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and Champagne—certainly packs a punch. The simplicity of the recipe lends itself well to mixing in large batches, meaning cocktail party perfection.

Ahead of holiday cocktail party season, we asked mixologist Jim Meehan for five classic cocktail recipes—one each for vodka, whiskey, rum, tequila and gin—that lend themselves well to preparing in large batches. See the full list in our slideshow »

SERVES 6–8

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE SIMPLE SYRUP:
1 cup sugar
1 cup hot water

FOR THE COCKTAIL:
9 oz Tanqueray Gin
5 oz Lemon Juice
5 oz Simple Syrup
1 375 ml bottle brut Champagne
Lemon twists, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Make the simple syrup: Combine sugar with hot water and stir until sugar is dissolved. The syrup will keep, covered and refrigerated, for up to two weeks.

2. Make the cocktail: Add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a pitcher filled with ice. Stir in the Champagne (we reccomend Laurent Perrier Brut Champagne). Strain into Champagne coupes and garnish each with a lemon twist.