Five Fragrant Twists on the French 75

Aside from the Dirty Martini, the French 75 is one of my favourite cocktails of all time. It’s classic, fitting for all occasions, and always makes me feel a bit glamorous (apparently it is supermodel Kate Moss’s favourite cocktail as well, and we all know her taste is impeccable). While the classic recipe of gin, champagne, lemon juice and sugar is hard to beat, these 5 versions sound absolutely delectable. From herbaceous lavender to sugary cotton candy, these creative recipes have me counting the minutes until cocktail hour.

1 // Elderflower French 75

Fragrant floral notes of elderflower enhance the crisp flavour of the gin and add a pretty elegance to this classic drink.


  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • 2 oz Champagne
  • 1 tsp Granulated Sugar

2 // Blackberry French 75

Freshly picked blackberries add a little extra sweetness and a gorgeous violet hue to this party perfect bevvy.


  • Β½ Cup Water
  • Β½ Cup Sugar
  • ΒΌ Cup Fresh Blackberries
  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 oz Champagne
  • Blackberries and Lemon Peel (Garnish)

3 // Cotton Candy French 75

Because if you can add cotton candy to something why wouldn’t you? A puff of spun sugar dissolves instantly in the champagne and gives the drink an insta-worthy blush hue.


  • 1 tsp Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz Gin
  • Champagne
  • Cotton Candy

4 // Lavender French 75

The only thing that can make a French 75 more elegant is a few sprigs of fragrant lavender. A pinch of lavender sugar adds a touch of perfumed sweetness.


  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Lavender Simple Syrup
  • Champagne
  • Lemon Twist
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Lavender Sugar (or Plain Granulated Sugar)
  • 1/8 tsp Lavender Extract

5 // Meyer Lemon and Cognac French 75

If you’re someone who likes their drinks to have a bit of a kick, than replacing gin with cognac will likely be your jam (I only like whiskey in a French 75). A squeeze of tangy Meyer lemon makes this sparkling cocktail all the more refreshing.


  • 1 oz Meyer Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 2 oz Cognac or Brandy
  • 1 tbsp Agave or Sugar Syrup, or Honey
  • Ice
  • 6 oz Champagne

Which one of these recipes would you like to try? Do you have any special French 75 recipes of your own? Let me know in the comments!




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