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5 Celebratory Drinks Similar to a French 75

When it comes to celebrating life’s special moments, few cocktails can match the elegance and sophistication of the French 75. A delightful blend of gin, champagne, lemon juice, and a touch of sugar, the French 75 offers a perfect balance of sparkle and zest, making it a timeless choice for toasting occasions both grand and intimate. 

The original French 75 first traces back to World War I when it was named after the French 75mm field gun which was as powerful as the gin and champagne combination. Emerging into the cocktail scene in 1915, it was a hit at the legendary New York Bar in Paris. Later spreading to the US and becoming a much-loved cocktail for celebrating with.

Like most classic cocktails, there’s been plenty of spins and twists on the original recipe. And as producers of one of the world’s most popular single malts, we’re not afraid to mix things up.

Here we share our favourite cocktails that capture the same celebratory spirit as the French 75. Whether you’re planning a seasonal gathering, toasting to a milestone or simply want to indulge with a delicious drink, these recipes promise to add a touch of sophistication.

The Glenlivet Royale

If you like a French 75, you’ll love our twist on this sparkling cocktail. Where two great things come together and single malt meets champagne in this elegant cocktail recipe.

Our Whisky French 75 combines the smooth, balanced flavours of The Glenlivet 12 Year Old with the crispness of French sparkling wine. Plus lemon juice for freshness, and honey for added sweetness. It’s elegant, simple and certain to impress. Perfect for any celebration, this cocktail brings a touch of sophistication to your gatherings, making every sip a delightful experience that marries the best of whisky and champagne.

Morning Glory Fizz

Celebrations can happen at any time of day. And if brunch is your vibe, then the Morning Glory Fizz is the cocktail you’ll want to cheers with.

Fresh, fruity and fun to sip, this summery serve is inspired by the fizzy lightness of a French 75. Whisky and lemon add a boozy, citrus hit, whilst peach liqueur brings a sweet punch. The mix is then shaken with egg white and topped with soda water for a fizzing, frothy finish. Best suited for sunny mornings or leisurely afternoons, the Morning Glory Fizz is a delightful way to elevate your brunch game, ensuring your celebrations start on a high note.

Rose Royale

Swap champagne for sparkling rosé in this sweet, pink serve. The classic flavours of lemon and bubbling wine combine together with our 12 Year Old scotch, a fruity, balanced single malt scotch that’s distinctively smooth.

For extra floral sweetness, infuse your whisky with rose tea for 2-4 hours and strain. It’s a simple yet impressive way to elevate this sparkling rosé cocktail. A wonderful drink for romantic evenings or celebratory gatherings, this cocktail offers a delightful twist on a classic, bringing a touch of elegance and a splash of colour to your toasts.

Small Voice of Calm

Give your celebration a calming, relaxed vibe with this scotch and lemon cocktail. It’s a unique recipe unlike any other, guaranteed to get you noticed for all the right reasons. 

Simple, beautifully and seriously elegant, it matches the light, citrus notes of a French 75. The spritz of soda water and zesty fresh lemon create a confident base, with a pour of easy-going whisky. We use The Glenlivet Founders’ Reserve, our creamy single malt scotch that’s all about celebrating freedom. The last ingredient is chamomile tea syrup, an infusion of floral notes that bring the sense of calm.

Whisky Sour

From one classic cocktail to another, this serve is a step away from the French 75 but is inspired by its celebratory nature. The Whisky Sour has the same light, citrus touch, but this time the fun is added with a signature frothy top. 

Make yours a classic or combine with your favourite flavours in one of many variations on a Whisky Sour from a tart Blackberry Sour to a naturally sweet Maple Whisky Sour. Whether you’re toasting to an achievement or simply enjoying a quiet evening, this versatile cocktail is sure to add a touch of excitement to any occasion.

Discover more whisky cocktails to make with The Glenlivet. Whether you’re hosting a crowd or keeping it casual, there’s plenty of drinks to mark the occasion. We’ve also got plenty of inspiration for your next big event whether it be New Year cocktail recipes, dinner party cocktails or the best whisky to gift your loved ones.