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French.45 Cocktail Recipe

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This French.45 cocktail is an elegant cocktail that is light and bubbly, making it the perfect way to unwind and relax with friends!

French.45 Cocktails Recipe

So you may have heard of the French 75 already but not it’s relatively lesser-known French 75. The main difference between the two classics is that the French 75 is made with cognac or gin and the French .45 is made with brandy.

French.45 Cocktail recipe

When it comes to cocktails the French 75 is a well-known classic, but the less known and more delicious in my opinion is the French .45. The French .45 is made with brandy instead of gin or cognac like the French 75 cocktail.

We are always looking for something new and tasty to try on a Friday night. When we get the kids to bed and this easy cocktail recipe is a great way to unwind! Don’t forget that the quality of your ingredients will show through in the taste of the finished product!

How to make A French .45?

You are able to make a pitcher of the first three ingredients ahead of time then do it. When it’s your cocktail time just grab your chilled mixture, and a bottle of champagne and you’re in business. Garnish with Lemon twists and everyone will love it.

How to change a French 75 to a French.45?

You are sure to love every sip of either one of these delicious cocktail choices but if you find yourself without cognac in the cupboard or find that you are not a huge gin fan, this French .45 cocktail recipe is always a winner.

As a bonus, a decent brandy tends to lower on the price scale than your average cognac. This makes the French .45 the much more desirable cocktail, at least in our humble opinion!

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French.45 Cocktail Recipe

This French.45 cocktail is an elegant cocktail that is light and bubbly.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 2 servings
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  • 1 shot brandy
  • ½ tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tbsp simple syrup
  • 1 cup Champagne
  • Garnish with Lemon twists


  • Add brandy, lemon juice and simple syrup to a shaker half full of ice.
  • Shake well.
  • Strain into a chilled champagne flute glass.
  • Top slowly with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy!


Serving: 1glass | Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g
Author: Holli Butterfield
Course : Drinks
Cuisine : American
easy recipe, drinks, cocktails, lemon, champagne, French 45, brandy, classic cocktails


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About Holli Butterfield

Hi I'm Holli! My background is in baking and pastries. I love a good coffee, anytime of the day. I also love to tend my garden and explore the world with my husband and four growing daughters. I co-authored Stress Free Camping, a 120+ page cookbook on making epic food in the woods.

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1 thought on “French.45 Cocktail Recipe”

  1. French.45 Cocktail is one of my favorite drinks, so I thank you for sharing its recipe here. I am going to follow this recipe from start to finish, and I hope I can make the perfect French.45. That would be great!


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