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California 75 – A New Classic Lemon Cocktail

Written by: Meg van der Kruik

This sensational lemon cocktail is as bright and effervescent as the ocean views you’ll see driving down California SR75 to sunny San Diego. If you are a fan of a classic French 75 you will love our So Cal-inspired spin. This lemon cocktail calls for dry vermouth from California in place of the gin that is called for in the classic version.

Yield: 2 Servings Prep: 5 minutes


  • 2 ounces (60 mL) Dry Vermouth*
  • 1 ounce (30 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice*
  • 1 ounce (30 mL) simple syrup
  • 6 ounces (175 mL) Sparkling Wine*
  • Garnish: lemon twist (or ribbon)*

*This comes from California



  • Add the Dry Vermouth, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into 2 flute glasses.
  • Top each with Sparkling Wine. Garnish with a lemon twist/ribbon.
  • Notes:
  • Simple syrup recipe: Combine ½ cup (115 g) granulated sugar with ½ cup (120 mL) water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Maintain a slow simmer until the sugar melts. About 5 minutes. Cool completely. Store any unused simple syrup tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
California 75 – A New Classic Lemon Cocktail
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