I could call this the Lazy AND Cheap Girl’s French 75, or alternatively, What To Do With Bad Sweet Wine. When a girl is homebound by the dreaded four letter L-word (see my Insta stories for what I’m talking about, rhymes with ice and is representative of what moms endure for their darling long-thick-haired children who crawl into bed with them), she gets resourceful with supplies.

The Lazy Girl's French 75 by The Spirited Thrifter

After spending two days doing laundry and cleaning, five and a half hours checking my daughter’s long luscious locks, and another two having my husband check me (admittedly lacking faith in his ability), I was more than ready for an afternoon cocktail. I had a bottle of my least favourite Two-Buck-Chuck varietal (makes it sound fancy, don’t it). The White Zinfandel which is actually pink is very sweet and tastes like two dollar wine. I hate to waste though so I used it to make a wine cocktail – not nearly as good as the real thing but passable for a desperate woman.

The Lazy Cheap Girl's French 75 by The Spirited Thrifter
The line-up for my lazy girl French 75.

The French 75 is one of my favourite cocktails. It involves champagne/proseco/sparkling wine (depending on your budget, ergo I use the latter), gin, and lemon juice. When making a crowd-pleasing batch, I also add Cointreau or Triple Sec and should have added a splash to my lazy girl’s version too.

The Lazy Girl's French 75 by The Spirited Thrifter
Add a shy shot of gin. I would experiment with flavourted gins if you have them. YOLO ladies!
The Lazy Girl's French 75 by The Spirited Thrifter
Add lemon juice to glass – I used a small lemon per glass but you could start with half depending on your level of sour puss.
The Lazy Girl's French 75 by The Spirited Thrifter
Waiting for the rest of the good stuff!
The Lazy Girl's French 75 by The Spirited Thrifter
I added a shot of club soda for some fizz, then filled up the glass with the White Zinfandel. Sub in whatever crappy wine you happen to have on hand.
The Lazy Girl's French 75 by The Spirited Thrifter
Garnish with lemon and pretend to share with your husband!

This cocktail won’t win me bartender-of-the-year but that’s okay since mother-of-the-year is also off the table considering I did not detect the present L-situation right away, and wife-of-the-year was never on the table to begin with.

The Lazy Girl's French 75 by The Spirited Thrifter
Cheers to me??

It was nonetheless a pleasant beverage for a lovely afternoon! I like being able to make a French 75 pour un. To recap:

  • add a shy shot of gin (flavoured or regular, dealer’s choice) to each glass
  • squeeze juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon into each glass
  • add a shot of club soda if you like fizz
  • fill glass with sweet white or rose wine
  • add a splash of Triple Sec
  • garnish with a slice of lemon
The Lazy Girl's French 75 by The Spirited Thrifter
Et voila!

Have you ever had a French 75? Have you ever made one at home? Will you now?! Hope so because they make a two-dollar-bottle pretty tasty!

xoxo Nicole

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3 Comments

    • Let me know what you think! You can always play with the proportions and adjust to taste. I mostly just like using wine as a mixer! 😀 #spirited

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