French 75 Cocktail

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149 calories

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Serve in

Flute glass


Lemon zest twist on rim

How to make:

STIR powdered sugar with lemon juice in base of shaker until sugar dissolves. Add gin, 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.)

1/2 fl oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1 12 spoon Powdered sugar (or use 5ml of 2:1 sugar syrup per spoon)
1 1/2 fl oz Rutte Dry Gin
2 1/2 fl oz Brut Champagne


Fresh, clean, sophisticated – dangerously 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.


Prior to the 1980s/90s, the French 75 cocktail was a long drink, served in an ice-filled Collins glass. This modern flute serve has become the usual serve with the Collins version now all but forgotten.

More information on the history and variants of the French 75 can be found on our page.

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