Recipe: Classic French 75

The Cadillac of champagne-based cocktails. Although this drink traditionally is served long (in a tall glass with ice), it's also festive stirred together with ice and strained into a flute glass or wine glass.

Makes 1 drink

2 ounces cognac (gin may be substituted, if preferred)

1 teaspoon superfine sugar

1/2 ounce lemon juice

5 ounces brut champagne

In a cocktail shaker, combine cognac, sugar, lemon juice and ice, and shake well. Strain into a chilled collins glass half filled with ice. Top off with champagne. Serve with a straw.

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