A Better French 75

The French 75 seems to be showing up on cocktails menus in Austin more and more lately. I’ve seen happy hour specials on them, an event booth that taught you how to make your own, and a competition between Texas bars to see who could sell the most. I’m not usually one to drink gin, but I do have to say… they’re tasty. It’s a drink that feels fancy while still being approachable and refreshing. There’s only one thing that it’s lacking: beer. We can fix that, though….


  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 3/4 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 3 ounces of a light beer*
  • a strip of lemon rind to make a twist if you feel particularly fancy

*I used an Austin Beerworks Peacemaker, but I’m also a fan of the High Life in this recipe. I mean, it’s the Champagne of Beers. That must make it the perfect substitute for real champagne, no?

  1. Combine the gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake the bajeezus out of it.
  3. Strain into a chilled glass.
  4. Top with the beer and garnish with a lemon twist.

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