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Date Night Drinks at Home: We Try the French 75

Are you doing date nights at home? Make it even more of a blast by mixing up a couple of French 75s. We tried making the French 75 at home and gave it our highest rating: double-thumbs-up yum!

Both Chris and I have had French 75 cocktails before with mixed results. Sometimes they’re delicious. Other times, well, something is just so amiss, so amiss, as in almost undrinkable. I’ve been wanting to have this tasty drink (done right) again. 

French 75 Ingredients for Two:

  • 4 ounces London Dry gin 
  • 1.5 ounces fresh lemon juice 
  • 1.5 ounces simple syrup
  • 4 ounces Champagne – we used La Marca Prosecco.
  • 2 long spiral lemon twists 
Melissa Making a French 75

French 75 Drink-Making Instructions:

  1. Combine gin, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker.
  2. Add the ice. I’ve learned over time that adding the ice last can be best, just do so with care. 
  3. Shake it up. 
  4. Strain over two glasses as evenly as possible. 
  5. Top with champagne, or sparkling wine. About 2 ounces for each glass, or one split, split.
  6. Garnish with lemon twist.
  7. Enjoy!

My 4 hypotheses about what may have gone wrong with the French 75 when we’ve ordered it:

  • A bartender unfamiliar with the drink just looked up the ingredients online, combined them, but neglected to shake the first three ingredients up.
  • The lemon juice wasn’t fresh.
  • The bubbly used was too sweet.
  • Not enough gin.  We don’t like for our drinks to be burned, because we’re all in for the taste. However, back when it was concocted during WWI, the drink was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled by a French 75mm field gun. It’s meant to have two full shots.

I’m happy to report that our made-at-home French 75s were a delight! Love gin drinks? So do we! Here’s a recipe for another tasty gin-based drink, The Bee’s Knees.

Double thumbs up yum!
Difficulty Level: Easy-peasy.

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* We use The Boston Shaker Set (