French 75 Cocktail French 75 Cocktail

Photography: Maya Visnyei | Food styling: Michael Elliott/ | Prop styling: Renée Drexler/Geary House

Ring in the New Year in style with this elegant and sparkly cocktail that’s perfect for toasting to new beginnings.

  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Total time 5 minutes
  • Portion size 8 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine


Simple Syrup:


Simple Syrup: In saucepan, stir together water and sugar. Bring to boil; cook until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool for 10 minutes. Refrigerate until chilled, about 15 minutes.

In 2-cup liquid measure, stir together lemon juice, gin and Simple Syrup until combined. Divide among 8 champagne flutes (about 1/4 cup each). Top with sparkling wine; garnish with zest. 

Test Kitchen Tip: To ease preparation, buy a steamed lobster at the grocery store.

Did you know?: Dating from the First World War, the French 75 was named after France's powerful 75-millimetre cannon. Originally made with gin, brandy, lemon juice and grenadine, it has evolved into the gin-based Champagne cocktail we enjoy today.

CHANGE IT UP: Blood Orange French 75 Cocktail
Substitute blood orange zest and juice for the lemon zest and juice.


Nutritional facts PER SERVING: about

  • Fibre 0 g
  • Sodium 5 mg
  • Sugars 13 g
  • Calories 166
  • Total fat 0 g
  • Potassium 95 mg
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat 0 g
  • Total carbohydrate 15 g


  • Iron 2
  • Folate 2
  • Calcium 1
  • Vitamin C 18
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French 75 Cocktail