Citrus 75 Cocktail

The French 75 originated in France during World War I as a celebratory cocktail after hard won victories. Citrus comes to the forefront in this version through the use of homemade limoncello rounded out by locally sourced honey syrup.

Über Bar Tools as seen in this video include: ProFlow™ speed pourer, ProJig™, ProCrush Muddler and the Juliep Strainer.


1 half Cutie Clementine

1 1/2 Hendrick’s Gin

1/2 oz Homemade Limoncello

3/4 oz fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz honey syrup


Shake ingredients with ice

Strain into a cocktail glass

Top with sparkling wine or champagne

Garnish with a lemon twist

Homemade Limoncello

1 1/2 cups Citrus Vodka such as Stoli Citros

Zests of three lemons (thick strips)

Shake well and store in a sealed container for one week


1 1/4 cup simple syrup



Lawrence Spies 6 Jan 2011
8:03 pm

Any reason not to add the juice of the three lemon you peeled in the Limoncello? probably have to up the simple syrup to balance it.

Kathy Casey 7 Jan 2011
1:15 pm

Good question, Lawerence!

Limoncello typically does not have any citrus juice in it because as citrus juice sits in products, the color and flavors of citrus tend to brown out. All the flavor of the limoncello comes from the peel, which is a different essence of the lemon flavor.

Lawrence Spies 9 Jan 2011
7:31 am

Thanks! Don’t want brown Limoncello! lol I made a batch per your recipe, minus the lemon juice, and it looks good! can wait try it next week. Also I love grapefruit, so i want to make a batch of that as well! See what you started! lol

George R. Welch 26 Feb 2011
5:27 am

When there’s no time to make home-made Limoncello, do you have any brands you particularly recommend.

I just picked up a bag of Cutie Clementines at our local grocer.  Reading the label it says: “Coated with foodgrade vegetable, beeswax and/or lac-resin based wax or resin to maintain freshness.”  Yuck.  I’m going to juice these with a juicer instead of muddling in the shaker.


Kathy Casey 28 Feb 2011
2:30 pm

HI George - thank you for your questions. There really arn’t a lot of limoncello’s out there that can compare with the taste of homeade. The ones that are commercially available in the US are all about the same quality. Sorry I cant be of more help here.

Regarding anytype of beeswax or vegetable coating: a lot of produce has this. It is a natrual product and it is used to keep the “freshness in”. It is a good rule of thumb to wash all fruits and vegetables before using consuming.

I prefer muddling as it releases the essential oils as well in the rind - but always rinse first.
Cheers! Kathy

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