French 75 with lime

Cocktail recipe: French 75 with lime

The French 75 with lime is a variation of the French 75, originally made with lemon. It’s easy to make and can be prepared in advance for a large number of guests, making it the perfect sparkling cocktail.


French 75 with lime

About the French 75 with lime

The French 75
The French 75mm field cannon used in WWI. (Picture: Wikipedia. By PHGCOM – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0.)

The French 75 dates back to World War I. The name is also war-related: The combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field cannon. I haven’t experienced the French 75mm cannon but can testify that cocktail bearing its name have a distinctive kick. In my mind, this makes it the perfect party-starter.

If you think that the drink is too strong, you can reduce the amount of gin. Fun fact:  This cocktail appears in the movie Casablanca from 1942.

The original recipe is using lemon instead of lime. Using lime makes the drink a little bit sweeter. Instead of sugar syrup, you can use superfine sugar. However, this requires that you shake the liquids with the sugar. This will dilute the drink and make it less tasty.


What you need to make a French 75 with lime

  • 2 parts Gin
  • 1 part Lime juice
  • 1 part Sugar syrup
  • Cold Champagne
  • Lime
  • Champagne glass
  • Measuring jigger
  • Potato peeler or zester


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Picture: Alberto Scarfato. CC BY 3.0

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How to make the French 75 with lime

  1. Measure the lime juice and sugar syrup
  2. Top with cold Champagne
  3. Garnish with lime or lemon peel

Tip: If you want to serve the French 75 with lime as an aperitif, you can measure the lime juice and sugar syrup into the Champagne glasses and put these on a tray in the refrigerator. When the guest starts to arrive, you top each glass with cold Champagne and garnish with lemon or lime peel.





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