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French 75 Cocktail

This light but luxurious cocktail has the distinction of being the only classic cocktail invented in America during prohibition. Beautiful to look at, with a bright balance of flavors, it's definitely one to enjoy, and an excuse to buy Champagne.

Yield: One cocktail


1/2 ounce lemon juice

1 teaspoon sugar

2 ounces dry gin

Champagne, chilled

Champagne flute

Add the lemon juice and sugar to a dry cocktail shaker and stir well to combine. Add the gin and fill with ice. Shake well, then strain into a champagne flute filled with ice*. Slowly top with Champagne.

Garnish as desired. Pictured above with pear slices.

*Note: Like all classic recipes, play with this one and make it your own.

Some recipes replace the gin with cognac. I prefer the cocktail in a champagne glass without ice. Finally, if desired out of convenience or sheer will, substitute Champagne with Prosecco. 🥂✌🏻

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