How to make:
STIR powdered sugar with lemon juice in base of shaker until sugar dissolves. Add cognac, SHAKE with ice and fine strain into chilled glass. TOP with champagne and lightly stir. (Consider pouring half the champagne into the glass first to help reduce foaming.)
Lemon zest twist on rim
Cognac makes for a heavier cocktail than a French 75 made with gin, yet this cocktail remains enlivening, refreshing and quaffable.
The use of powdered sugar instead of sugar syrup adds an attractive sherbet note to this cocktail. However, the drink also works well with sugar syrup – use ¼oz/7.5ml sugar syrup in place of the 1½ spoons of powdered sugar.
A cognac based version of the French 75 which was named after the French 75mm field gun used by the French army during the First World War. This cognac version is appropriately named after another gun, the tank mounted Soviet 2A46 (also called D-81T) 125mm/L48 smoothbore cannon.
The first recipe for a French 75 made with cognac rather than gin appears listed under the name French 125 in Jones' Complete Barguide by Stanley M. Jones, published in 1977. Jone's French 125 is served long, over ice in a Collins glass. The flute serve shown here is more modern but has become the normal serve.
Arnaud's French 75 bar in New Orleans' French Quarter chooses to make its eponymous cocktail with cognac rather than gin, "in honour of the cocktails French origins."
More information on the history and variants of the French 75 can be found on our page.
There are approximately 211 calories in one serving of French 125 (French '75' with cognac).