French 75 Cocktail Recipe

The classic cocktail marries the richness of cognac with the tartness of lemon and the bubbles of champagne.  It will impress guests, earn you some extra points with your significant other or just make a random Tuesday night “less boring.”  It’s easy to throw together with kitchen essentials and is the perfect drink to usher in Fall and the holiday season.   (Recipe adapted from “The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks”)

Course Cocktail Hour
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1 Ounce Cognac (or gin if you must)
  • 3/4 Ounce Simple Syrup Mix 1 cup boiling water with 1 tablespoons raw sugar for a low sugar version of regular simple syrup
  • 1/2 Ounce Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 3 - 4 Ounces Champagne
  • Spiral Lemon Peel for Garnish


  1. Combine cognac, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker or mixing glass with ice (cut the sugar as directed above please because your tastebuds will not notice the difference but your waistline and diabetes will).  Strain into your prettiest glass.  Top with Champagne and garnish with the spiral lemon peel.  Admire your handiwork, snap a pic for social media, tag #JackieUnfiltered and then enjoy (in that order please)!