French 75 Champagne Cocktail with Elderflower Liqueur

french 75

If you’ve never tried a French 75 cocktail you’re in for a delightful treat. This champagne drink is citrusy, crisp and bubbly and it’s sure to compliment whatever you choose to eat with this cocktail.

French 75 Champagne Cocktail Ingredients

  • Gin
  • Lemon
  • Elderflower Liqueur
  • Champagne

French 75 Variations

Traditionally this cocktail is made with gin and for me that’s one of my favorite parts— gin has such aromatic flavor that it creates a beautiful cocktail when paired with sparkling wine and lemon. However, French 75 can also be made with cognac, bourbon or even vodka.

In this recipe I also skipped the simple syrup and instead added Elderflower Liqueur.

This variation of the classic cocktail makes French 75 the most refreshing and delicious way to ring in the New Year.

french 75 recipe


How to Make a French 75 Champagne Cocktail


  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1/2 oz Elderflower Liqueur ( such as St. Germain)
  • 4 oz Champagne


  1. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, juice of half a lemon and elderflower liqueur. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Pour into a champagne flute.
  2. Top with Champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.

What kind of Champagne to Use for French 75?

A brut champagne is the best choice when making this cocktail. It’s more dry and helps balance the sweetness and citrus of the drink. However, although it’s a French cocktail you can essentially use any sparkling wine. Prosecco or Cava (which is what I had on hand when making this recipe).