American Horror Story’s Hotel: French 75 Cocktail


The fifth season of American Horror Story: Hotel is upon us and we’re getting set to mix up something fitting for the season premiere on October 7th. Lady Gaga replaces Jessica Lange as the lady-in-charge on AHS at the Hotel Cortez in Los Angeles, California, where L.A. residents and hotel occupants live in fear of both the  Ten Commandments Killer and the Addiction Demon.

Hotel appears to take place during modern day, but considering that the Hotel Cortez’s fashionista owner with a taste for blood (played by Lady Gaga) is  several hundred-years old, the show will likely flashback to decades past. A decadent French 75, therefore, couldn’t be more appropriate to fit in with the Hotel Cortez’s lavish, Art Deco style that flourished between the 1920s and 1940s.

The French 75, a cocktail of gin, Champagne (or sparkling white wine), lemon juice and sugar, was developed around World War I. It has been said that it was given its name because it had a kick so strong it was like being shelled with a French 75mm field gun – a large, quick-firing artillery weapon. Dribble in a little grenadine to watch the bloody rivulets create a sexy gradation of pink and red that any vampiric fashion doyenne would appreciate. I’m going to need something this strong and pretty to deal with all the nightmares AHS is going to give me this season!

French 75 (Yield: 1 cocktail)


2 oz. gin
1 oz. lemon juice
1 tsp. simple syrup
Champagne or sparkling white wine
1 tsp. grenadine


  1. Pour gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and ice into a shaker.
  2. Shake contents until  the contents are well blended and chilled.
  3. Pour mixture into a champagne flute. 1 tsp. simple syrup
  4. Top with Champagne or sparkling white wine
  5. Garnish with lemon peel.
  6. Drip in the grenadine. 

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