How to Make a French 75, the Classiest Summertime Cocktail

By Brian Lemay 3 comments


– I’m Patrick Cappiello
from Rebelle Restaurant in New York City, and
today I’m gonna show you how to make a cocktail with wine. (upbeat rock music) So today we’re going to make a classic cocktail that uses champagne or sparkling wine in it. It’s called the French 75. French 75 is the perfect
summertime cocktail. It has gin, which I think
is really one of the best liquors to use in summertime cocktails, but then to add to it, the
effervescence that you get from using the sparkling wine. It’s really the perfect
cocktail to have on a hot day. First thing we’re gonna do is
fill a shaker with some ice and then we’re gonna
add two ounces of gin, one ounce of lemon juice, and
one ounce of simple syrup. So once all the ingredients are in, you wanna shake pretty hard. (ice shaking) And for glassware, I like to use a coupe, traditionally used for champagne, and now you see it more, I
think, used in cocktails, but I think it’s a pretty cool old-school way to drink a French 75. So we’ll strain off the gin, lemon juice and the simple syrup, and then we’re gonna add sparkling wine. In this case, we’re gonna
use a cremant from Bourgogne. You can use prosecco, you can use cava. If you’re a baller, you can use champagne, whatever you prefer. All that matters is that
it’s sparkling and it’s dry. Top it off, and you’re ready to go. Let’s give it a try. Great, spicy from the gin, that citrusy note from the lemon juice, and the bubbles really for me make it the perfect summertime cocktail. I’m Patrick Cappiello from Playboy.com. (upbeat rock music)

3 Comments

Zoran Lisinac

Jun 6, 2016, 2:53 am Reply

YAAAASSS

Rasmus Sander

Jan 1, 2017, 7:48 am Reply

This recipe goes a little heavy on the gin sour to sparkling wine ratio. It's a great drink, but made with a good sparkling wine, I'd use 75% or even 50% of the ratio of this vid. However it depends. You want to enhance a really good gin? Use more gin sour.Want to complement a god sparkling wine? Use less. The garnish is actually left out in this, which is ok with a heavy gin sour ratio. If made with less gin sour and more sparkling wine, a large "twister" of lemon peel adds some zesty notes to the cocktail, which adds to the complexity and flavor.

Andrew Piquette

Jan 1, 2018, 5:54 am Reply

French 75 is poured over ice. Like a Tom Collins with sparkling wine, not club soda

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