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I’ll take my Champagne in a French 75.

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I’ll take my Champagne in a French 75., Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

Have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve. Have a French 75! I can’t get enough of them…

Thinly sliced lemons…

Slightly muddled cherry, Champagne, gin, lemon juice, sugar. Do it!



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Prep time: 2 mins Recipe is for 1 drink. Use less or no sugar if using sweet Champagne or Cava.

You need:

  • 1/4 cup brute Champagne or dry sparkling wine
  • 3 tablespoons gin
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 thin slice of lemon
  • 1 cherry (optional) and not a maraschino!
  • 1 teaspoon super fine sugar or simple syrup
  • About 3/4 cup ice


  1. Muddle a cherry slightly and place in tumbler. Pour Champagne over. Combine gin, lemon juice, ice and sugar in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Pour over Champagne and cherry.



  1. Posted December 30, 2010 at 10:44 AM | Permalink

    how fantastic!

  2. Posted December 30, 2010 at 12:04 PM | Permalink

    When my husband and I were first dating he hosted a small dinner party and started things off with these. We used Cognac, maraschino liqueur and Cointreau, lemon juice and champagne. Let me tell you, they packed quite a punch! After two I was talking art history like I thought I was in a styling early century Parisian!

  3. Posted December 30, 2010 at 8:04 PM | Permalink

    yes please!! Looks delicious – I know what I’ll be making Friday night. Thanks.

  4. Posted December 31, 2010 at 6:53 PM | Permalink

    I wish we had gin! Oh wait my husband works at the liquor store…hmmmm

  5. Posted January 1, 2011 at 12:19 PM | Permalink

    Made these last night!! Drinks were fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Posted January 1, 2011 at 1:58 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing the recipe – this is what we made last night to say goodbye to 2010.

    Perfect, except that I didn’t read the recipe properly and put all of the ingredients into the cocktail shaker, including the champagne. What a mess!

  7. Paige
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 1:44 PM | Permalink

    Coworker invited me over for New Year’s Day and made me one of these–though she used simple syrup instead of plain sugar. Delicious!

  8. Posted January 4, 2011 at 8:06 PM | Permalink

    I was drinking these on NYE! Happy to be introduced to them in Orlando…

  9. Posted January 30, 2011 at 3:23 PM | Permalink

    I too LOVE the French 75! Thank you for sharing your version. It takes second only to my all-time fave, the sidecar!

  10. Posted March 14, 2011 at 11:58 AM | Permalink

    This is the perfect picture of “refreshment”

  11. Posted June 23, 2011 at 2:59 PM | Permalink


  12. Posted April 8, 2012 at 8:26 PM | Permalink

    How happy am I that I stumbled upon your blog?
    Completely psyched to find it. I love the layout, style and can’t wait to jump into the recipes!

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