Summer Cocktail Series Featuring Emily Castle:: The French 75

The French 75 is an oldie but a goodie.  The recipe first appears in 1922 as the 75, becoming the French 75 in 1930 in the Savoy Cocktail Book.  Here, we take the original recipe of gin, lemon, sugar, and champagne and give it a floral twist.  I’ve been waiting for weeks for our lavender plant to bloom and the day is finally here!  You can make this at home with fresh flowers, but dried flowers will work as well.  Note the last step of the cocktail is very important!  The lemon oil over the top of the drink makes a huge and pleasant difference.


1 oz gin. We LOVE Uncle Val’s Botanical. You will too.

.5 oz fresh lemon juice

.5 oz lavender simple syrup

sparkling wine

lemon peel


For the Lavender Simple Syrup:

  1. Heat ¾ cups sugar and ¾ cups water until sugar dissolves

  2. Gather a handful fresh lavender flowers or 1 teaspoon dried

  3. Briefly blend the flowers and simple syrup, then let sit to infuse for a few hours

  4. Filter out flowers and bottle syrup

French 75

  1. Build ingredients in a champagne flute and top with champagne. Give it a gentle stir.

  2. Use a vegetable peeler widthwise around a lemon to get the peel, being careful to avoid the bitter white pith.

  3. Twist lemon peel over the top of the glass and drop artfully into your beautiful cocktail!

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Emily Castle grew up in Grayson, graduating from Grayson High School in 2007. In 2011 she graduated from Davidson College in Charlotte, NC, where she swam and studied Anthropology and Environmental Studies. After a year teaching English in rural Kenya she is back in Grayson as the Beverage Director for Graft Restaurant. She loves food, cocktails and community. And also, food. You can follow Emily on Twitter

Author: Jason

Jason Brooks is the owner and editor of Grayson Local. A resident of Grayson for over 14 years, he loves the Grayson community and the potential it holds. A former pastor, Jason now works as a freelance writer. He has written for The John Maxwell Company, North Point Ministries, The Ford Motor Company, Catalyst, and several regional magazines as well. You can follow Jason on Twitter (@JasonMuses).

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