An Easy Fall Cocktail: The Apple Cider 75

Hi wine friends!  Today, I’m trying something new.  Hubby and I have been drinking more cocktails, particularly when we’re out, and we’ve started talking about making more cocktails at home. Since I’m going to be experimenting, I thought it would be fun to share what we’re trying. Admittedly, I don’t expect to post cocktail videos every week, but rather have a few extra videos a month.  First up is a fall variation of one of my favorite cocktails – the French 75.

I always gravitate towards gin drinks, and I clearly lovely bubbly, so it’s probably not a surprise that I frequently will order a French 75.  The French 75 was created in the Paris bar called Harry’s New York, and and it’s supposedly named after a 75mm Howitzer cannon, which was used in World War I.  If you’re not familiar with the drink, the classic version is made with gin, lemon juice, and sugar then topped off with Champagne and a twist of lemon or orange for garnish.  The drink is usually served in a chilled Champagne flute, although historically it was put into a Collins glass with ice.

Alleigh’s Apple Cider 75 Recipe

Alleigh’s Apple Cider 75 – This cocktail is a fall variation of the classic French 75 cocktail, and I made it with Tanqueray Gin, apple cider, and sugar. Cheers! |

Alleigh’s Apple Cider 75

  • 1.5 oz Tanqueray Gin (or whatever brand you use at home)
  • 1 oz Apple Cider
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Champagne or other sparkling wine
  • For the sugar rim on the glass, use 1 TBS sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon.

Put ice into a cocktail shaker. Add the gin, cider, and sugar. Shake well. Use strainer to pour into a chilled glass that has cinnamon-sugar rim. Top with Champagne (or other sparkling wine). Garnish with thin apple slice.

You can watch my YouTube video as I make Alleigh’s Apple Cider 75!

Questions of the Day:

  • Are you interested in more cocktail videos?
  • Are you a cocktail drinker?  If so, what cocktails do you tend to drink?
  • Do you like French 75s?  Have had any variations of it, like an Apple Cider 75?


  1. says

    Winter doesn’t have to put a damper on your cocktail party. Add a little heat to your next cold weather cocktail party with spiked apple cider, egg nog or peppermint hot chocolate. Sipping cocktails by the fire is a wonderful way to celebrate the cocktail and the spirit of the cocktail party. It won’t matter if the weather outside is ‘frightful’ you’ll have a hip winter party to keep you and your guests warm.

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