This Mardi Gras Inspired French 75 champagne cocktail recipe makes an elegant libation, and is nod to the drink served at the historic bar attached to Arnaud’s restaurant. That bar dates back to the late 1800s and let me tell you, those folks still know how to mix a delicious drink. To make the recipe a bit more Southern, swap the gin out for cognac or rum, and double the amount of lemon juice and simple syrup. Want a different garnish? Try a twist of fresh lemon or blood orange peel.

Want to learn how to rim a glass with sugar for your Mardi Gras Inspired French 75 champagne cocktail or other Southern cocktail creations? Check out our easy to follow recipe tutorial, complete with step by step directions and photos.

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Mardi Gras Inspired French 75

Mardi Gras inspired French 75

  • Author: Patricia Beets
  • Yield: 2 cocktails 1x



1 oz. lemon juice

1 oz. simple syrup

2 oz. gin

At least 6 oz. champagne

Dell Cove® Royal Purple cocktail rimming sugar for garnish



Add a spoonful or two of the purple rim sugar to a shallow bowl. Run the edge of a cut lemon around the rims of two chilled champagne flutes and dip into the sugar. Set aside.


Add the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes and strain into the prepared champagne flutes. Top each glass with the champagne and serve.

Buy your Dell Cove® Royal Purple cocktail rimming sugar here