A classic French 75 is made with gin (or Cognac), lemon, and sparkling wine, but other spirits work well, too, included flavored ones—there’s not much that doesn’t play nice with citrus and bubbles! Here, citrus-berry vodka gets a bright, fizzy lift from lemon and a big pour of sparkling wine. For this drink in particular, we recommend a dry French sparkling wine rather than a sweeter-leaning Italian Prosecco or Spanish cava. (No need for pricey Champagne, though; an inexpensive Crémant de Limoux works great.)
To make simple syrup: combine one part sugar with one part hot water until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool before using. —Food52
fresh lemon juice
dry sparkling wine
Lemon wheel, for garnish
In This Recipe
Combine first three ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a thin lemon wheel floating on the surface of the drink.