Last Updated on October 10, 2023 by Leah Hall
This twist on the classic French 75 cocktail is a cross between the gin and cognac versions. A base of Villon Cognac Liqueur combines with lemon juice and champagne for this tasty bubbly sip!
There is a lot of confused history about the origins of the French 75 and subsequent cocktails. We covered what we think is the history in our post about the French 75, and there still is some debate on whether it is gin or cognac as the base spirit.
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In this case we split the difference slightly and used Villon Cognac Liqueur as the base. It adds some lovely flavors to the drink and riffs off of the French 77, an elderflower liqueur cocktail. We loved the Villon Cognac Liqueur flavors of toasted oak, vanilla, spice and orange blossom.
With the right champagne or sparkling wine, these flavors combine for a tasty sip and rich cocktail.
Villon is named after the legendary poet François Villon, who was born in 1431. He wrote some of France’s most enduring works before disappearing in the late 15th century. Such subjects like love and sex, money, policemen, monks. Even rich people and the pleasures of good food and wine!
Villon is one of the most important voices of the Middle Ages. He took his inspiration from the streets, taverns, and bordellos of Paris. Villon joined a wandering gang of thieves and was missing, presumed dead by 1463. His story is the inspiration for the spirit: name, image and ethos.
Villon Cognac Liqueur
This lovely Villon Cognac Liqueur is crafted in southwestern France as a revolution of France’s oldest and most renowned spirits, cognac. So, Villon is blended with some VSOP cognac, XO cognac. fine spirits distilled from French wheat and natural flavors. The flavors are smooth, balanced and complex with vanilla, spiced, toasted oak and orange blossom.
Handcrafted in Merpins, in the heart of Cognac, Villon Liqueur is made using small batch traditions. It is made with an original recipe created by their French distillery as described above.
The black glass bottle has a metal serpent and dagger motif. An embossed label and embossed silver stopper make this bottle a standout in your home bar!
Villon is bottled at 40% abv, and the spirit is priced at around $34.99.
What is the difference between the French 75 and Villon French 75 Cocktails?
Both have bubbles and lemon juice, but that is where the comparisons end. A classic gin French 75 has gin, simple syrup, lemon juice and champagne. Our Villon Liqueur French 75 has Villon Cognac Liqueur, lemon juice and champagne. Because of the sweetness of the liqueur, we didn’t need the extra added simple syrup that the classic cocktail calls for. Less ingredients makes it easier, right?
Villon French 75 Cocktail
We loved this version of the French 75 cocktail made with Villon Liqueur. It’s definitely different than the Cognac French 75 or even the gin French 75.
Both sweet and sour, the classic gin French 75 is a light cocktail that you can quickly make at home for a guest. This twist on the classic is also a classy cocktail that you can prepare for a party. Keep in mind that our measurements for the Villon Liqueur French 75 are guidelines, and if the cognac liqueur is too sweet with the champagne that you have chosen, then either add more lemon juice, or less Villon Liqueur to make the balance correct.
What Wine to use in a Villon Liqueur French 75?
Feel free to use champagne, cava or prosecco, but make sure that whatever you choose is on the drier side, i.e. brut. Since the Villon Liqueur is sweeter, sweeter wine will make the cocktail overly sweet and not as light.
We hope you try this one out, as well as the Villon Liqueur, as we really enjoy it, and cannot wait to make some more cocktails with it! Make sure to check out our Cognac French 75, too!
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This Villon Cognac Liqueur French 75 cocktail is full of flavor from the cognac liqueur, freshness of the lemon juice and topped with sparkling wine! A perfect sip of bubbles!
- 1.50 ounce Villon Cognac Liqueur
- .50 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 4 ounces of champagne, to top
- Add liqueur and lemon juice to a tall glass or large coupe.
- Top with sparkling wine of your choice.
- Garnish with lemon peel, if desired.
You can play around with the sweetness levels if you need to. More lemon juice or less Villon Liqueur if needed.
Make sure your sparkling wine isn't sweet, look for brut wines that are drier.
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Serving Size:6 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: .1gSaturated Fat: .1gSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 1.4gFiber: .1gSugar: .3gProtein: .1g
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