The French 75 Champagne Cocktail is an elegant cocktail with a history; perfect for any celebration but we especially love to serve them on New Year’s Eve.
Several years ago I yearned for something a bit unique for the New Year; something more than ‘just’ a glass of Champagne but not what has become my standard of simply adding Champagne to a liqueur either. I’ve done that a lot over many holiday seasons with the Cranberry liqueur I make. I love it but it was time for something new, something even more elegant.
This was it; the French 75. Named after the 75-MM M1897, a mainstay of the French field artillery in WWI, it was a potent little gun and this is a solid namesake…it’s a potent little drink! Known to have been a favorite of the Lost Generation including apparently Ernest Hemingway who, though known for his ability to partake with great gusto, was also known to secure a definite buzz with a French 75. There are variations to this drink including the use of cognac in lieu of gin and some pour it over ice in a Collins glass. I prefer mine shaken and poured straight up so that it doesn’t get diluted!
While this recipe calls for Champagne, truth be told I seldom buy the French bubbly…maybe that’s a sacrilege when making this French namesake cocktail but the price point can be a killer if I’m entertaining and I need something for a crowd. So for me it’s usually Prosecco from Italy or Cava from Spain or even a good sparkling wine from California. Today was a Cava sort of day and this Segura Vuidas Reserva Heredad was perfect.
Simple, beautiful and bubbly; the French 75 Champagne Cocktail is perfect to toast the New Year. So to everyone; I say Cheers and I’m wishing you a very safe and Happy New Year!!
Need some more ideas? Here are readers favorites for New Years 2014!
French 75 – An Elegant Champagne Cocktail for New Years Eve
- 3 ounces gin
- 3 ounces fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon superfine granulated sugar or simple syrup
- 1 1/2 cups ice cubes
- 1 cup chilled Champagne, Cava or Prosecco
- Lemon twists for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, sugar, and ice cubes and shake to chill.
- Strain cocktails into 2 champagne flutes and top off with champagne.
- Garnish glass with a lemon twist.