Photo: Grant Cornett; Styling: Philippa Brathwaite
Hands-on Time
3 Mins
Total Time
3 Mins
8 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

Loosely based on the French 75, a classic cocktail of gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar, this sparkling beverage uses lemonade concentrate as a shortcut. Be sure to allow the concentrate to thaw ahead of time. You'll use almost a whole bottle of Champagne; the rest goes into the dessert. If time allows, you can use a quick simple syrup with lemon juice: Combine 3 tablespoons each of sugar, lemon juice, and water; microwave for 1 minute, and cool.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine gin and lemonade concentrate in a pitcher; chill until ready to serve.

Step 2

Just before serving, add Champagne to gin mixture; stir gently. Garnish with tarragon sprigs, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

JulieRae97's Review

March 27, 2013

sjcpeach's Review

July 06, 2011
This was good but only after some alterations. I wanted to make a full pitcher and use my entire bottle of champagne so I did x1.5 the recipe. Once I tried it it was way too strong/sweet tasting so I thinned it with 2 cups of water (wish I had seltzer). Then it was a really good summer drink.

Lemanne's Review

June 11, 2011
These were super easy to make and were great in this summer heat. A definite keeper.

skspillman's Review

May 09, 2011
I made this last night for a birthday party, and everyone enjoyed it! I followed the recipe exactly, and, while it doesn't really taste much like a French 75 (the drink that inspired it), it's still very good, and simple to make. Great for a spring or summertime party!

nancyorloski's Review

April 29, 2011
I made this using seltzer cause I didnt want to buy a bottle of champagne for this single serving to try. It was DELICIOUS! I like Gin but my family doesn't but they all liked this drink. I used a 1/2 cup of the frozen lemonade, 1 shot of gin and filled the glass with seltzer for a single serving. Really really good!