French 75

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 drinks
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1/2 cup (4 ounces) VS or VSOP Cognac

1/2 cup (4 ounces) simple syrup

1/3 cup (3 ounces) freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)

2 cups ice cubes

1 (750 ml) bottle good Champagne, chilled

4 long strips of lemon zest


  1. Pour the Cognac, simple syrup, and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker and add the ice. Shake for at least 30 seconds (it's longer than you think!). Pour the mixture into 4 Champagne flutes to fill each glass about two-thirds full. Fill the glasses with Champagne, garnish with the lemon zest, and serve ice cold.

Cook’s Note

Ina halved this recipe for taping.