An easy, refreshing recipe for the classic French 75 – a sparkling wine-based cocktail. The perfect drink for any special celebration!
It’s my wedding day!!!!! Don’t worry guys, I wrote this post in advance because I am most definitely not going to be even thinking about this here blog once Friday rolls around. I’m going to relish every moment of this special day because I know it goes by in the blink of an eye and I don’t want to forget or miss anything!
And since sadly all you bloggy friends won’t be able to be there in person, I thought I’d let you in on some of the action by sharing what is going to be one of our specialty cocktails at our reception – “Our” French 75!
Ever since Chris and I got engaged, we knew we wanted to have at least two specialty cocktails at our wedding – the Whiskey Kind of Afternoon (one of our favorites from a local bar that I took my own spin on here) and some sort of sparkling-wine based cocktail. Because what’s a wedding without bubbles?? (They also happen to be my favorite alcoholic beverage of all time, lumping them in with wine in general, of course.) We quickly settled on the French 75 because it is so light and refreshing and because gin just happens to be my second favorite alcoholic beverage of all time.
Our version of the French 75 (and most versions for that matter) is incredibly easy to make and requires just four ingredients:
- Fresh lemon juice
- Simple syrup
- Sparkling wine
You see, you don’t need to have all the fancy liqueurs, bitters, etc., etc. to make this delicious, summery cocktail. It comes together in a snap (and, might I also add, goes down the hatch in a snap, it’s that good.) Chris and I knew our guests would be downing these like no other in the almost 90-degree heat that is forecasted for today (with lots of water of course!)
So, because it’s a HUGE day, I’m going to keep this really short and sweet. How about I make it up to you by documenting all of my wedding day adventures on Snapchat and Instagram? (User name: @caligirlcooking for both.)
Now, go make yourself “Our” French 75 and join in on the celebration with us!!
- 1 ½ ounces gin
- ¼ ounce lemon juice
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- Top with sparkling wine
- In a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice, add gin, lemon juice and simple syrup.
- Shake for 30 seconds, then strain into a champagne flute.
- Top with sparkling wine.
- To make your own simple syrup, bring 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce to a simmer and let reduce by half, or until syrupy. Let cool before using.
- If you don't want to make your own simple syrup, you can purchase it here. (affiliate link)