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Happy Hour: French 75

In honor of Bastille Day, which celebrates the start of the French Revolution, mix (or order!) a French 75 cocktail. Named for a type of gun, this drink was originally created by a World War I, French-American fighter pilot. The combination of gin and champagne packs such a potent kick that people believed drinking it was like being shot with the powerful gun.

Now, the French 75 is considered a classic Champagne cocktail. The strong concoction is easy to make and even easier to drink. Get the recipe and


French 75

French 75

French 75


  1. 8 ounces gin
  2. 8 ounces orange liqueur, such as Cointreau or triple sec
  3. 1 lemon, juiced
  4. 4 dashes orange bitters
  5. 8 sugar cubes
  6. 1 bottle champagne, chilled


  1. Pour gin, orange liqueur, lemon juice, and bitters into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well to blend.
  2. Put a sugar cube into a champagne flute. Strain about 2 ounces of the gin mixture into the glass. Carefully top it off with champagne.

Serves 8.

Join The Conversation
lily_xx lily_xx 9 years
I tried one of these last night - Not bad, but I prefer my champagne cocktails sweeter (and less potent!)
cmill38 cmill38 9 years
gin and champagne? together sounds like bad news...
nicmic113 nicmic113 9 years
i never that, how interesting- nothing like a drink with some history behind it
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
These sound super dangerous for me especially because I love gin and champagne!!!
Molly Molly 9 years
I do live these, but they're dangerous!
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