French 75 Cocktail

Chris Bellingham, Mixologist and Bar Supervisor at Ettington Park Hotel, has over 18 years’ experience crafting beautiful Champagne cocktails.

Here, he shares an elegant yet punchy addition to the hotel’s drinks menu. The name French 75 allegedly comes from the 75-millimetre light field gun used in World War I. The weapon was considered an emblem of hope in the battle against Germany and the cocktail, also known as “Soixante-Quinze”, or 75 in French, was named in its honour.


  • 15 ml dry gin
  • 15 ml Calvados
  • 15 ml Cognac (VSOP or higher)
  • 1 dash of Absinthe
  • 1 Lemon
  • Syrup
  • Pomegranate Grenadine
  • Champagne

Recipe Preparation

  • Fill a glass with ice
  • Combine the gin, Calvados, Cognac, Absinthe, lemon juice, simple syrup, and Pomegranate Grenadine together in a cocktail shaker
  • Shake for a minimum of 12 seconds
  • Pour over the ice into the glass
  • Top up with the Champagne
  • Garnish with a twist of lemon peel and star anise and serve