Meyer lemons give a delightful spin to the classic French 75 Cocktail in this simple mixed drink recipe. You’ll fall in love with this super simple Meyer Lemon French 75 with the very first sip!
If you love sparkling wine, you are going to love this simple Meyer Lemon French 75, a citrusy twist on a classic favorite. Whether you favor classic champagne, a drier cava, or the sweet and frothy bubbles of prosecco, making a cocktail with your favorite is a really great way to indulge in something that is already superbly fun. The French 75, a classic champagne cocktail which first appeared in print back in 1927, remains a popular stand-alone cocktail as well as an easy base for creative reinventions.
Meyer Lemon French 75
The following recipe keeps true to the classic French 75, simply swapping out traditional lemon juice for that of the Meyer lemon. Meyer lemons are a treat that I look forward to every year as the temperatures start to plunge. These smooth-skinned, bold yellow fruits are actually a sort of hybrid between lemons and mandarin oranges. This gives them an extra sweet and slightly floral flavor that pretty much sings in cocktails.
These juicy little wonders aren’t bad in ice cream, baked goods, or savory recipes either, but I digress.
A seasonal variation of the classic champagne cocktail, French 75.
- 2 ounces champagne
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup
- Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker packed with plenty of ice.
- Shake well, then strain in to chilled cocktail glasses.
- Garnish with wedge of lemon or twist.
Home Chef Tip: To make a twists for garnish, use a vegetable peeler to remove the peel of a Meyer lemon. Scrape the pith from the peel using a metal spoon, then slice the peel into thin strips. Roll the strips tightly to release their aroma before dropping them into your cocktails.
You can easily customize this recipe further by choosing yet another juice to star in your own version of the French 75. Try a splash of mango or pineapple for a tropical take on this classic drink. Or look for more seasonally-inspired ingredients like pear, apple, or pomegranate juice. You can also try switching the gin out for a nice cognac, as the French 75 has been known to include either spirit.
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