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


  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.

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