May Day-Holiday: French 75

Seen the weather forecast for this week? Looks like we may get into the eighties! It’s been a mighty long time coming. Two days and counting untll May, and what better way to celebrate than with a spiffy cocktail, full of sparkling sunny flavor.

Creating a riff on a French 75.

Creating a riff on a French 75.

My kids, Greta and Zan, stopped by for dinner and I asked them to whip up something cheery with a kick; a warm-up cocktail to bid adios to the long, cold gray days behind us. This is what they concocted, which Zan informed is “…a slight riff on a French 75”.

According to wikipedia, the French 75 is “….is a cocktail made from gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar. The drink was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris — later Harry’s New York Bar — by barman Harry MacElhone. The combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun, also called a “75 Cocktail”, or “Soixante Quinze” in French. The French 75 was popularized in America at the Stork Club in New York.”

Recipe: French 75


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup*
  • Sparkling topper, such as Champagne, sparkling wine or water
  • Fresh raspberry garnish


  1. Combine gin, lemon juice, Grand Marnier and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well, then pour into a flute glass. Top with your choice of sparkler. Garnish with a raspberry and serve.

*To make a simple syrup combine equal parts of water and white granulated sugar. Place in a sauce pan and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until sugar is completely dissolved. Thoroughly chill before using. Will keep a month, covered and refrigerated.

Number of servings (yield): 1

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

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