Mixology Monday: French 75 Cocktail Recipe

Mixology Monday is a monthly (well, almost monthly.  Heavy drinkers don’t  abide by the same calendar as mere mortals) online cocktail party that rounds up drinks pertaining to a particular theme chosen by a rotating host.  This month’s theme is “money drinks,” and our brave host is Kevin Langmack of Beers in the Shower.  From Kevin –

I feel a “Money” drink is something you can put in front of anyone, regardless of tastes or distastes about the spirits involved. Come up with a drink or a list based on spirits about drinks that would appeal to anyone,  Example: turning someone onto a Corpse Reviver #2 when they like lemon drops.

Depending on your spirit or drink of choice, one might have several money drinks, like a properly made Martini, Manhattan or Old Fashioned, to stick to the classics, that would convert even the most finicky drinker to well-crafted cocktails.  Personally, I feel a gnawing sense of frustration whenever someone bemoans a distaste for gin, and I’ve been known to order a friend a gin-based cocktail without her knowledge.  I stress “her” because it seems the women in my life have a natural aversion to gin.  Perhaps I need to surround myself with tougher women, but regardless, one such drink that seems to convert well is the French 75.

2429992032_58d1da71bd Composed of gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and Champagne, the French 75 is a light, refreshing cocktail that subdues the wary gin-drinker while still packing a sizeable boozy wallop.  This tart, tasty concoction has made even the most dubious skeptic rethink their distaste for gin, without alienating fans of the spirit.


2 ounces gin
1 ounce lemon juice
1 teaspoon simple syrup

Shake gin, lemon juice and simple syrup with ice, and strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne, and garnish with a long, thin lemon spiral.

Written by Kevin Gray

1 Comment

  1. Frederic · December 15, 2009

    Your drink also fits the other definition of money drink — it’s an upscale version of the Tom Collins. Often, you can’t go wrong with most champagne drinks (although perhaps not the Seelbach).

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