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French 85

French 85

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  • Makes: 1 servings
  • Prep 5 mins

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Iowa's Rapid Creek Cidery makes this fizzy, lemony gin cocktail with cider replacing the French 75's traditional champagne.


  • 1 ounce gin, preferably Hendrick's
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup*
  • 4 ounces highly carbonated dry hard cider, such as Angry Orchard Dry
  • Lemon twist


  1. In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. Cover and shake until very cold. Strain into a chilled champagne glass. Top with cider. Garnish with a lemon twist.


  • *Simple Syrup: In a screw-top jar, combine equal amounts of sugar and water. Cover and shake well until sugar is dissolved.

Nutrition Facts

(French 85)

Servings Per Recipe 1, sugar (g) 14, pro. (g) 0, cal. (kcal) 160, vit. A (IU) 31, Fat, total (g) 0, vit. C (mg) 8, chol. (mg) 0, Thiamin (mg) 0, sat. fat (g) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, carb. (g) 15, Niacin (mg) 0, sodium (mg) 5, Monounsaturated fat (g) 0, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Potassium (mg) 77, fiber (g) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0, Folate (µg) 4, calcium (mg) 6, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, iron (mg) 0

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