Last Updated on October 24, 2022 by laurenpacek
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The French 77 is an elegant variation on the French 75 cocktail. Elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and bubbly work so well together.
This drink would be a lovely addition to a brunch, bridal shower, or for toasting during any celebration or on New Year's Eve. It tastes great--floral and lightly sweet, is beautiful looking, and so easy to make.
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What is a French 77
A French 77 is yet another fun riff on the classic French 75 cocktail. The French 75 is made with elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and your bubbly of choice (e.g., champagne, prosecco, cava, etc.). We'll talk about the individual ingredients below.
There are also a couple of related cocktails that we should talk about and distinguish between.
French 77 vs. French 75
What's the difference between a French 77 and a French 75, you may be asking? Well, the classic French 75 is made with gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, and bubbly.
The French 77, on the other hand, replaces the gin with sweet elderflower liqueur, but keeps the lemon juice and bubbly.
French 77 vs. French 76
There's another related cocktail to consider, too: The French 76. The French 76 is made with vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and bubbles. And, like we just said above, the French 77 uses elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and bubbles.
- Elderflower liqueur: Elderflower liqueur is a liqueur made from the flowers of the elderberry plant. It's light, sweet, and floral in taste. St. Germain is probably the most popular brand, and is likely the one you'd be most familiar with. There are others, however. I picked up a bottle of St. Elder.
- Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed, please!
- Bubbly: You can use whatever variety of bubbles tickles your fancy. Some options include champagne, prosecco, sparkling wine, cava, and the list goes on. I usually opt for prosecco. It's affordable and tastes good.
- Garnish: This is optional, but this drink looks lovely when garnished with a lemon twist.
How do you make a French 77?
To make this elegant-looking cocktail, you'll start by adding your elderflower liqueur and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until cold before straining it into a champagne flute. Stemmed or stemless; whichever you prefer. I like stemless glasses because they can go into the dishwasher.
Next, you'll just need to top everything off with the bubbly of your choosing!
As always, watch out for the fizz. Pour slowly or you may run the risk of overflowing your glass. You can garnish the champagne flute with a lemon twist, too, if you'd like.
Other cocktails made with bubbly
Looking for other bubbly drinks to sip on? Check out the links below (some from A Nerd Cooks, some from other lovely bloggers) to find another new favorite.
- French 76 from A Nerd Cooks
- Champagne Cocktail from Culinary Hill
- Limoncello Spritz from A Nerd Cooks
- Grapefruit French 75 from Posh Little Designs
- Poinsettia Cocktails from A Nerd Cooks
- Pineapple Upside Down Mimosas from Family Fresh Meals
FAQs/Tips and tricks
Yes! You can shake up a few of these at a time. Just scale up the elderflower liqueur and lemon juice according to the number of drinks that you want to make, add it to your cocktail shaker, shake with ice, and pour it out into your champagne flutes. Then top the glasses off with your bubbly of choice (champagne, prosecco, cava, etc.).
The former is made with elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and bubbly. The latter is made with vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and bubbly.
The former is made with elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and bubbly. The latter is made with gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup (and bubbly).
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- 1 ounce elderflower liqueur
- ¼ ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 4 ounces champagne, prosecco, cava, etc.
- lemon twist, for garnish (optional)
- Add the elderflower liqueur and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until very cold. Strain into a champagne flute.
- Top with champagne, prosecco, cava, etc.
- Garnish with a lemon twist.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 480Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 2gSugar: 20gProtein: 1g