French 75 Variation


By Dane Feldman

Photo by Dane Feldman.

A classic French 75 calls for gin and champagne, but champagne isn’t exactly a regular part of my booze diet. Although champagne is undeniably delicious, there’s something to be said for a combination of citrus-flavored seltzer and a dry white wine. It doesn’t replicate champagne in taste, but instead takes on its own unique taste. Plus, the carbonation does the trick in a cocktail like this one.

What you’ll need:
1 oz dry gin
4 oz dry white wine
2 oz citrus seltzer
1 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Combine the ingredients in a large white wine glass and stir. Garnishing with a lemon wedge is optional.

This variation of the French 75 is a personal favorite because it’s far lighter and a bit less potent than my staple cocktails. It’s also a great drink to throw together for any occasion because it’s likely that you already own all of the ingredients.