French 75 Cocktail

Early on in his career as a bartender, Jeffrey made thousands of French 75 cocktails. He never really understood why they were so popular. Then he discovered the proper way to make them after reading Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails by Harry MacElhone.

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1 oz gin

1 oz fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz 2:1 simple syrup

2 oz Champagne


Shake first three ingredients with ice.

Add Champagne to shaker.

Strain ingredients into a Collins glass filled with cracked ice.


Greg Patenaude 12 Sep 2013
10:15 am

So nice to see the Morgenthaler Method back!  OK, I’ll admit it, I feel a little stupid for not seeing how this is just a Tom Collins with champagne instead of soda.  Damn!

Good job as always Jeffrey.  Looking forward to more.



Drew Hurley 13 Sep 2013
10:05 am

Agreed. Enjoy the new vid from The Morgenthaler Method. I’m a 6 year dive bar guy looking to learn and grow. This helps.

Greg Patenaude 13 Sep 2013
10:28 am


You’ve come to the right place.  Small Screen Network offers lots of yummy cocktail goodness.  If you haven’t done so already, definitely check out the other series, especially Hess’s Cocktail Spirit and Boudreau’s Raising the Bar.


Dan Mowry 13 Sep 2013
12:15 pm

In Eugene… OR?

My old stomping grounds.

Hmmm… I still like the less-mixed method of pouring the champagne over the top at the end. I think it develops a nice change over the time it takes to drink and mix in-glass.

However - brilliant - Tom Collins with champagne! I love it!

Luuk 15 Sep 2013
10:28 am

Tried it this way yesterday, totally transforms the drink! Other question, one my colleagues posted. What’s your take on the gin versus brandy debate?

Jeffrey Morgenthaler 15 Sep 2013
10:36 am

Luuk - As far as I can tell, this drink was originally made with gin as we’ve done here. But if you want to make yours with brandy, as they do in New Orleans, be my guest!

Luuk 15 Sep 2013
10:55 am

That was exactly my point. And, having stubborn people working with me, of course they found the brandy one superior when we tried them both. Then again, i don’t think they read much, so i’ll just be the silent victor.. Thanks for the reply!

Small Screen Colin 15 Sep 2013
4:45 pm

Thanks for the kind words, Greg!

Greg Patenaude 20 Sep 2013
1:44 pm

Small Screen:  You are welcome.  I do have one complaint…more episodes :)

Jeffrey:  I plan on attending Art of the Cocktail and see that you are also slated to participate.  If the opportunity arises (and if I may be so bold) I’ll introduce myself.  I’m really excited about this event.



Travis Smith 21 Sep 2013
7:50 am

Nice shelves in the background. You should shoot the next one from those well-used, comfortable couches :)

PaulR. 6 Jun 2014
11:42 am

Great insight Jeffery! I always also disliked the French 75 as a kind of weird cocktail, neither here nor there cocktail. This way it tastes much better, indeed an “ohhhhhh” moment.

However after a second though, isn’t this exactly what a Diamond Fizz is?

Well either way, certainly how I will be drinking this libation from now on.

Annette Holbrook 31 Dec 2014
8:28 am

Thanks for the videos, Jeffrey. Really enjoying the series and can’t wait to try this one. I’m not in the industry (I’m actually a dog trainer, so totally outside the business) but I love hosting friends and offering a cocktail of the night each time. My friends and clients love trying something new each time they come over.
I am a wine lover but never really liked champagne, so love this as a way to incorporate champagne with my favorite spirit.
Do you prefer a specific “type” of gin with this? I am just now learning that different gins bring different flavors to the game so please feel free to educate. I have a bottle of Haymans Old Tom, some Hendricks and I think Plymouth on hand. I plan to try all three but wondered if you thought any one was more geared to this specific cocktail.

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