French 75 is a classic cocktail with champagne, gin, lemon juice and sugar or simple syrup. Some prefer cognac as substitute for gin in this delicious classic cocktail. Champagne is the ultimate celebration cocktail for any festive occasion.  Whether served in a pristine flute alone or used to complement an equally beautiful cocktail creation as bubbly topper, champagne is the “go to” party popper.

The French 75, most commonly known to contain the base spirit Gin, becomes richer and lusher in flavor when Cognac is exchanged as the base spirit.  Lemon freshness zings through with great appeal (pardon the pun) with just a dab of sweetness to lighten the effervescence.  Tingles of freshness delight the senses to the last drop.

French 75 – adaption by Cheri Loughlin

1-1/4 ounce Hennessy Cognac

3/4 ounce Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1/2 ounce Simple Syrup (or a tad less)

Brut Champagne

Lemon Twist for Garnish

Combine Hennessy, lemon juice, and bar syrup in a cocktail shaker filled one third full of ice.  Shake thoroughly for ten to fifteen seconds.  Strain into a chilled champagne flute.  Top off with champagne.  Garnish with lemon twist. Notation:If using Courvoisier rather than Hennessy up the amount to 1-1/2 ounces of cognac to achieve the balance of flavor.

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