French 75 Cocktail

The French 75 cocktail has been through a few iterations since its humble beginnings during World War I. Currently, the most popular version of this sparkling cocktail is made with gin. Originally, however, it was most likely made with cognac as in this version that Robert mies up.


1 1/2 oz Rémy Martin Cognac

3/4 oz Lemon Juice

1 tsp. fine sugar


Shake cognac, lemon juice and sugar with ice.

Strain into a collins glass over ice.

Top with sparkling wine or champagne.


Chris Milligan 28 Dec 2010
9:48 am

If you don;t have superfine sugar available (or don;t want to pay the higher price) simply take granulated sugar and pulse it in a food processor or blender a few times.

AaronWalls 28 Dec 2010
10:31 am

What about simple syrup in place of sugar?

Robert Hess 28 Dec 2010
11:28 am

Aaron, simple syrup would work fine here as well.

Nick L. 31 Dec 2010
1:33 pm

Simple syrup will work as far as the taste goes, but be prepared for a slightly different mouth feel—one that isn’t as light and airy, I’ve found.

George R. Welch 9 Jan 2011
3:43 pm

Robert you constantly impress us with your knowledge of history!  I’ve made plenty of these using the gin recipe from your book.  After watching this, I immediately made a pair of these with cognac.  Very nice variation.

I see you used Remy VSOP—I defy anyone to tell the difference between VS and VSOP in this drink!  :-)


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