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How to Make the Loa French 75

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This is the recipe from Abigail Gullo, Creative Director, Loa and our Lush Life guest!

She says, “Go into any decent cocktail bar in the world and order a French 75, and the bartender will promptly make you one with gin.  New Orleans is perhaps the only city in the world that will ask you first if you prefer your French 75 made with Gin or Brandy.  

While the gin version has become universally accepted – it is quite refreshing and delicious made the Loa way with our signature fresh herbs. But the drink isn’t called the English 75!  Many New Orleans bartenders, including those at the French 75 Bar, insist a French brandy, usually Cognac, be used in the creation of this cocktail.

I think it is delicious either way and some in New Orleans even drink this seasonally with the gin version for the warmer months and the brandy version when we finally get a chill in the air!

French 75 - Cocktail Recipe
Yield: 1

French 75

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Master the classic French 75 cocktail with our recipe. Combining gin, champagne, lemon juice, and sugar for a sparkling and refreshing drink. This recipe is by Abigail Gullo from her restaurant Loa in New Orleans!


  • 1 ounce Cognac or Gin
  • 1/2 ounce Lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
  • 3 ounces Champagne


  1. Add the gin or cognac, sugar syrup, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker
  2. Add ice
  3. Shake, shake, shake
  4. Strain into a Champagne glass
  5. Top up with Champagne
  6. Stir gently
  7. Garnish with a lemon peel


If using gin and making it the Loa way, Abigail suggests garnishing it with a fresh herbs from your garden, like Basil, Rosemary, Sage, Mint, Lavender, or Thyme.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 0g

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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