French 75

March 14, 2018 by Ashlee

A champagne cocktail originally invented after World War I in New York City, the French 75 was named after French artillery cannons that helped end the war. I personally didn’t find the drink akin to being shelled by cannon fire, but instead found the bubbly concoction to be flirty and fun with a twist of lemon. Recipes vary; in fact, we’ve had two versions. For a refreshing twist, substitute the cognac with gin.



  • 14 cognac (preferably Courvoisier VS)
  • 14 fresh lemon juice
  • 14 simple syrup
  • Champagne, chilled (preferably Moët & Chandon Imperial)
  • Lemon peel for garnish


Combine cognac, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a frosted champagne flute. Top with champagne and garnish with a small piece of lemon peel.