French 75 with vodka

May 3, 2014 by Angie

This drink is sooooo fancy. It’s an old school champagne cocktail invented at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris in 1915. I made it with vodka instead of gin because yuck, gin. I’m really into this drink because not only is it delicious, but champagne and vodka have relatively high alcohol content and are relatively low in calories and carbs.

French 75 with vodka


1 shot of vodka (I am partial to Tito’s.)
about 1 tbsp of lemon juice
chilled champagne
1 maraschino cherry
lemon twist for garnish


1. Pour a shot of vodka into a champagne flute.

2. Cut a lemon in half. Save one half for later. Cut a off small ring from the center edge then squeeze the juice from the remaining piece into the flute.

3. Make a lemon twist garnish from the lemon ring by cutting through one side and almost to the rind of the other side. Remove the pulp. Twist into a pretty shape.

4. Drop a maraschino cherry into the bottom of the flute.

5. Fill with champagne then place your lemon twist garnish on the edge of the flute.

Traditionally, a little fine sugar is added but I think it tastes just right without it. You could add some fine sugar or stevia to taste if you like sweeter drinks.

Robgeleen at Harry's New York Bar in Paris

Once upon a time in 2011, we went to Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. It was a great time.

Harry's New York Bar in Paris

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