Cranberry Cocktail: Cranberry French 75

The Cranberry French 75 Is the perfect cranberry cocktail for the fall weather. London Dry Gin, Cranberry Simple Syrup, and Brut Champagne make this a great Thanksgiving Cocktail or Christmas Cocktail.

What’s A Good Thanksgiving Cocktail?

Anything with cranberry in it of course! Pumpkin and chai are also great flavors for the fall, but cranberry goes over so well with everyone. Also, by Thanksgiving, I feel like everyone is kind of sick of the pumpkin spice everything BS. You’ve been drinking it since August! Give pumpkin a break and make a cranberry cocktail!

How Do I Give A Cranberry Cocktail Cranberry Flavor?

There are several ways to give a cranberry cocktail its cranberry flavor: one is to simply use cranberry juice is one like I do in this recipe for a Cranberry Comfort (which is a an easy punch for Thanksgiving).  Another way to add cranberry flavor to a cranberry cocktail is with cranberry simple syrup.

Cranberry Simple SyrupGet The Recipe For Cranberry Simple Syrup Here

What is A French 75?

No it’s not a bus filled with 75 deodorantless snooty people. A French 75 is a cocktail traditionally made with gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice which is then shaken and poured into a champagne flute. The drink is then topped with champagne and voila! The origin of the drink is hard to pin down, but one story goes that British forces in France during World War I made the cocktail while on R&R and named it after a French 75mm Field gun because both packed one hell of a punch.

That’s Rad! I Wish There Were More French 75 Recipes!

Well. You’re in luck! Check out these French 75 Recipes on Nomageddon.

So How The Hell I Make Such a Tasty Beverage?


Hahahaha! I was going to put a gif from Pulp Fiction up there. But, Samuel L. Catson was the first thing to pop up and I really couldn’t resist.

Ok. First things first. As you can see in the picture, the lemon twist is inside this glass. The narrow shape of a champagne flute holds a nice spiral and the result is pretty AF. Next, like I said before, a French 75 is first shaken, not stirred. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and pour in 1 ounce of gin. Not just any gin, mind you, for this recipe you should use London Dry Gin.

London Dry Gin

London dry gin has a drier more botanical forward flavor than regular gin and this compliments the cranberry simple syrup and champagne perfectly. Good London Dry Gin brands to look for are Beefeater, Bombay Sapphire, and Tanqueray. Protip: store the bottle in the freezer until ready for use.

OK so back to making the drink. You have a shaker filled with ice with gin in it. Now add the cranberry simple syrup and some lemon juice. Seal it, and shake it till the shaker becomes cold and frosty (about 15 seconds). Pour the mixture into a champagne flute and top with champagne.

What Champagne Should I Use In A French 75?

Brut Champagne

French 75s call for brut champagne which falls on the drier side of the spectrum and it’s no different for this cocktail. You don’t have to break the bank with this so look for a bottle under $20.

To add the last bit of autumn to this fall cocktail, drop a couple of frozen cranberries in the champagne flute. It’s the perfect finishing touch for this classy drink. Also, they keep it cold. 😉.

This recipe requires a little something special.  Here’s a list of what you will need:

Cranberry Cocktail: Cranberry French 75

The Cranberry French 75 Is the perfect cranberry cocktail for the fall weather. London Dry Gin, Cranberry Simple Syrup, and Brut Champagne make this a great Thanksgiving Cocktail or Christmas Cocktail.

Course Cocktails
Cuisine American, English, French
Keyword Champagne Cocktails, Christmas cocktails, Cranberry Cocktails, Fall Cocktails, French 75, Gin Cocktails, Thanksgiving Cocktails
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 1 Cocktail


For The Cocktail

  • 1 Ounce London Dry Gin
  • 1/2 Ounce Cranberry Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 Ounce Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 4 Ounces Champagne


  1. Place a lemon twist in a champagne flute.

  2. Shake gin, cranberry simple syrup, and lemon juice with ice until chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into the champagne flute. Top with champagne. Finish the drink by dropping a couple of frozen cranberries into the glass.

Recipe Notes

*Yields 1 1/4 cups
**Cranberry simple syrup will keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

The recipe makes 1 cocktail. 1 (750ml) bottle of champagne will make 6.

1 batch of simple syrup will make 20 cocktails. If you are making this for a party (like Thanksgiving) buy 4 bottles of champagne. You will have leftover champagne, which is never a bad thing.

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