Food Republic’s contributing cocktail editor Jeffrey Morgenthaler shares the perfect French 75 recipe to make for picnics, barbecues and outdoor summer activities. This drink is best served in groups and designed as a summer sipper with a low alcohol content.
Morgenthaler's recipe combines eight ounces of gin, eight ounces of freshly squeezed lemon juice, eight ounces of simple syrup, 16 ounces of unoaked Chardonnay and eight ounces of water. Combine these ingredients and let it chill for an hour or so.
These fresh summer sippers can be poured into bottles and tossed in the cooler. The classic French 75 can be carbonated or non-carbonated depending on the drinker's preference. While Morgenthaler uses a carbonation machine to add playful bubbles to this drink, it is not required, and using a sparkling champagne can add carbonation slightly more easily.