Celebrate with the Bubbly French 75 Cocktail

by heidi on January 22, 2013

French 75 Cocktail || FoodieCrush

In December of last year, my husband and I took a quick weekend-er to celebrate our anniversary and get some much needed “us” time in one of our favorite cities, San Francisco.

My dad grew up just outside San Francisco so I spent a lot of time there visiting my grandma every summer. It’s also the scene of the crime, the first time my husband met my dad at the Hyatt Hotel sports bar before my dad and mom took us to a San Francisco 49ers game. At that time I was a college-graduated-sorority-girl-waitress dating a guy with purple hair and pierced ears and who was the lead singer in a punk band. Polar opposite of the preppies I was normally attracted to, and one of the funniest, easy going guys I’d ever met. He was my perfect foil.

After that visit, San Francisco became a spot we’d visit as often as we could. Since having Smudge we haven’t been back for a while and we were due.


Flying over the Great Salt Lake en route to SFO


BART dropped us off right at the heart of SF’s shopping mecca Union Square 

So thanks to some great recommendations from some SF local food bloggers (thank you Irvin and Denise, the trip was centered around eating—specifically Sushi Zone and Ramen Underground, both of which have left us craving for more.


We arrived at 4:45 p.m. and were third in line for the 16 seats at Sushi Zone‘s 5 p.m. opening


Where the sushi is fresh, easy on the wallet and belly filling


and the next day ate our weight in nothing fancy but nothing short of amazing ramen at Ramen Underground

 Staying in Union Square at The Prescott put us smack dab in the middle of holiday shopping and steps to and from plenty more eating, and drinking.


Cocktails with a blue sky street view at  The Prescott


My favorite perk: The Prescott’s morning coffee bar on each floor

Like our stop into the French bistro Cafe de la Presse. As we bellied up to the bar and shared a half dozen oysters on the half shell and an appetizer plate of charcuterie, I was craving a glass of champagne.


Our lovely barmaid suggested a French 75, a champagne cocktail enhanced with a shot of gin. And that’s where my cocktail inspiration was born.

French 75 Cocktail || FoodieCrush
I’m not much of a gin lover, so she quickly remedied that by subbing in a shot of vodka and all was right with the world. We talked, we laughed and we nibbled. It was the perfect topper to a day of exploring. And if you’re a magazine junie like I am, Cafe de la Presse has the most amazing selection of European publications to purchase and peruse.

The original version of this drink is made with gin, although there are some that firmly believe brandy was the original base spirit in the real French 75. Chilled Champagne is the preferred topper for the drink, but as the official bubbly export from the Champagne region of France it proudly displays a bigger bill at the liquor store thanks to its exclusivity. Oh, those French.


For my French 75, or as I sometimes call my San Francisco 20 in reference to our anniversary, I used the Spanish version of Champagne: Kava. Similar in bubbles but obviously made with grapes from a different region, the resulting drink comes with a lower price tag but still plenty of effervesce.

Bubbly French 75 Cocktail

Bubbly French 75 Cocktail


1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 oz vodka
1 teaspoon superfine sugar
Champagne or Spanish Kava
1 marachino cherry
orange or lemon twist


  1. Pour the lemon juice, vodka, and sugar into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well, strain into a champagne flute and top with champagne and garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange or lemon twist.

Wintertime is the perfect time to warm up to a cocktail. Thankfully, one of my favorite food blogging mixologists, Russell from Chasing Delicious, gave us a great round-up of wintertime Cocktails ala Mad Men style for the current issue of FoodieCrush.

So cozy up, belly up and drink up to winter. It’ll be over before we know it.


 Hot Apple Buttered Rum


Spicy Spiked Hot Cocoa


Mulled Wine Punch


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Posted in: drinks and cocktails,recipes

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie @ Averie Cooks January 22, 2013 at 2:05 am

I love everything about this post. If it wasn’t so cold, I’d live in San Fran. (insert eye roll, I know, it’s not ‘that’ cold, but San Diego is way warmer :)) But I love the city, I love the vibe, the huge massive sprawl, there’s Marin, Sausalito, Napa/Sonoma so close. All the food, the culture…and hello, that fabulous champagne. I love that. And there’s vodka and cherries in it. I am all about it! Pinning!


Cookin' Canuck January 22, 2013 at 6:57 am

It looks as though you had a fantastic trip, full of walks down memory lane. And that cocktail…perfect for celebrating or just kicking off the weekend. So, when are you going to post a picture of J in his purple hair days?


Jenna January 22, 2013 at 7:38 am

I’ve always wanted to visit sf! Looks so fun! I love this drink. So beautiful


Michelle January 22, 2013 at 8:52 am

One of my favorite posts – you have a wonderful ability to blend a your personal stories into a taste of delectable goodness I know will create magic!


Karista @Karista's Kitchen January 22, 2013 at 9:17 am

Hahaha! I so cannot imagine you dating someone with purple hair Heidi! You two look blissfully happy and obviously suited. My sis just introduced me to the French 75 but I could never remember all the ingredients… like its really hard :( Love that you posted it!


Jessica January 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I love French 75′s – they are my favorite drink. I use a rich simple syrup instead of straight sugar when I have time to make it (2 cups of sugar to 1 cup boiling water and then cool once sugar is dissolved) – keeps for a while in the fridge and is good to add to iced coffees too. Also, I’m pretty sure a French 75 subbed with vodka instead of gin is a French 76! I’ve never had but sounds delish!


Laura January 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Ah, a proper, not-too-sweet F75 is one of my all time favorites. Love your sweet little GIF too, Heidi! Looks like you had a great time in SF :)


Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking January 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Aww you guys are too cute on your snniversary trip. Totally jealous of all that amazing seafood!


Sandy @ RE January 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Love, love, love. Can’t wait to meet your hubby one day, Heidi! xo Hugs!


beleye January 23, 2013 at 1:46 am

very nice cocktail – and I loved the story and the photos!


Kathryn January 23, 2013 at 3:38 am

I do love a French 75, I always feel so sophisticated when I drink one!


Audra@The-Baker-Chick January 23, 2013 at 8:34 am

Hi Heidi! I just read your interview with Rachel and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to visit your beautiful site!

My husband is from the SF area and we actually got engaged there so it also holds a special place for us. I am taking note of those restaurants- they look fabulous!


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 23, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Such an elegant cocktail and I love your champagne flutes!


Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen January 24, 2013 at 10:34 am

Stunning and elegant!! Happy anniversary! It’s a fun month for you :)


Becca February 15, 2013 at 3:28 pm

What a beautiful cocktail! If you know, where did you buy those champagne flutes? They are GORGEOUS!


heidi February 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Hi Becca, I bought those at Crate & Barrel. Love their clean lines and they weren’t too expensive either.


Becca February 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Thank you! :)


Kelly July 27, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Looks delicious! (And love that the GIF has a person putting on a sweater in the reflection of the cocktail shaker – ha!)


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