American 25 Cocktail Recipe

A patriotic twist on the French 75

Who doesn't love a Champagne cocktail? Already huge fans of the French 75, we tap Robert Simonson for his recipe for an American 25, which combines Scotch and apple brandy with bubbly Champagne. It's a refreshing sparkling cocktail that picks up complex flavors from smoky Scotch.

You can easily make this cocktail for a group by batching all the ingredients minus the Champagne and lemon twists. Then, when you're ready to serve, shake with ice and top with Champagne and a lemon twist.

To learn more, read "The Old-Fashioned Way."

Recipe adapted from Robert Simonson

American 25 Cocktail
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Champagne gets amped up with apple brandy, Scotch and lemon juice in this American version of the classic French 75 by Robert Simonson.
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american 25 cocktail
Total time: 5 minutes
  • 1 ounce apple brandy (preferably Laird’s)
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • ¼ ounce smoky Scotch whisky (preferably Laphroaig 10 Year)
  • 4 ounces Champagne, chilled
  • Lemon twist, for garnish
  1. In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine the apple brandy, lemon juice, simple syrup and Scotch. Shake until chilled, then strain into a flute. Top with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist, then serve.
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