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The 8 best French 75s in Chicago

This Tom Collins look-alike combines sparkling wine, gin, lemon juice and simple syrup for a spritzy cocktail

Written by
Elizabeth Atkinson
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This London-originated cocktail dates back to World War I, with a gin backbone tempered by sparkling wine or champagne, lemon and simple syrup. Whether you're looking for a stronger brunch cocktail or for a zesty way to imbibe a good dry gin, the French 75 will have your back.

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The best French 75s

  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • Logan Square
  • price 2 of 4
Gin is Scofflaw's specialty, so are we really surprised that they make a good classic? No, but we certainly are thrilled about it. This tall French 75 has just the right amount of spritz for a good post-work drink. The sparkling wine masks a bit of the gin, but provides enough booze to really do the trick. $10.
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Loop
  • price 3 of 4
Sure, this champagne-based cocktail doesn't have gin (it's replaced with Angostura, Absinthe and apple brandy), but it's damn tasty all the same. It's refreshing, but be warned: all of the drinks at Cherry Circle Room are quite strong, thanks to beverage director Paul McGee's. $13.
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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • West Loop
  • price 2 of 4
There's a long list of classics on the menu at Moneygun, and the French 75 is among the best. It's beautifully served, in a tall flute with twists of lemon and a strong gin back. While there's plenty to drink at Moneygun, ithe French 75 is always a solid choice. $10.75.
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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Logan Square
  • price 1 of 4
Departing from the sparkling wine a bit, the Shadow of a Doubt at Analogue has nice floral notes thanks to the use of St. Germaine (an elderflower liqueur) and pear-infused Dolin Blanc (a dry vermouth). Letherbee gin rounds this one out, making for a strong but refreshing sipper. $11.
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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • River North
  • price 2 of 4
There's a whole list of 75's at Gilt Bar, including French, Queen Bee, orange, cognac and mescal variations. Whichever poison you pick, the drinks all come from the mind of Jean Tomaro, Hogsalt's beverage director, and they're all perfect for hanging out in the upstairs bar or the downstairs library bar. $12–$15.
  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Humboldt Park
  • price 2 of 4
Topped with prosecco, the French 75 at Bar Marta is a touch sweet, but that didn't stop us from drinking it. It's filled with gin and lemon, perfect for pairing with the bar's food (we like the cacio e pepe). $12.
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