9 Cocktails that Showcase France

by Melissa Dowling

Our Spirit of France coverage continues with these nine mixed drinks below. From French vodka, gin and liqueurs to vermouth, Cognac and Champagne, beverage alcohol products from France show up in a plethora of craft cocktails. Here are just a few recipes that incorporate fine spirits from France.

Anna Sui’s Pear Social

1 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
1 oz. Grey Goose La Poire vodka
¾ oz. Cucumber-mint juice
¼ oz. Fresh lemon juice
Bar spoon Absinthe
2 oz. Sparkling wine

Combine all ingredients in a glass and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with dehydrated pear mint, edible flowers and grated nutmeg.

The mixologists at Bacardi created this recipe.

Gold Of Biscay

2 oz. White Pineau des Charentes fortified wine
¾ oz. Pineapple syrup
½ oz. Italicus liqueur
¼ oz. Yuzu juice

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with edible gold mist and dehydrated pineapple.

Frank Mills, beverage director at Roy Boys in Washington, D.C., created this recipe.

Gold Of Biscay
Midnight Martini

Midnight Martini

1 oz. Absente Absinthe Refined
1 oz. Mr. Black cold brew coffee liqueur
1 shot Espresso coffee
½ oz. Simple syrup

Add ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with coffee beans and shaved semisweet chocolate.

Madeleine Kestler-DeWan, bartender at Bubo restaurant in New York, created this recipe.

French Cobbler

2½ oz. Noilly Prat Original Dry vermouth
¾ oz. Blood orange juice
¼ oz. Lemon juice
¼ oz. Demerara syrup (2:1)
Dash Orange bitters

Build in a Collins glass, swizzle with crushed ice, add crushed ice to top. Garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig.

The mixologists at Noilly Prat created this recipe.

French Cobbler
Punch Royale

Punch Royale

8 oz. Chambord black raspberry liqueur
8 oz. Cranberry juice
2 Bottles chilled
sparkling wine
Raspberries and/or blackberries

Pour ingredients into a punch bowl or large pitcher. Stir to combine. Garnish with raspberries and/or blackberries.

Garibaldier

1¾ parts Grand Marnier
¼ parts Fresh lemon juice
¾ parts Campari
2½ parts Fresh orange juice
1 Orange, sliced

Add all ingredients in a mixing tin. Shake and strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass.

The mixologists at Grand Marnier created this recipe.

The Golden Fizz

Far East

1½ oz. D’Usse VSOP Cognac
½ oz. Amaretto liqueur
3 oz. Chai tea
½ oz. Vanilla syrup
½ oz. Almond milk
2 Dashes Cardamom bitters

Add ingredients to a shaker. Shake and strain into highball with ice.

The mixologists at D’Usse created this recipe.

The Golden Fizz

4 oz. Mo‘t & Chandon Champagne
2 oz. Ginger tumeric tea
5 oz. Honey syrup
5 oz. Lemon juice
4 drops Cardamom bitters
Build ingredients in a wine glass. Add ice and gently stir with a bar spoon. Garnish with a dehydrated lemon wheel.

The mixologists at Moët & Chandon created this recipe.

Mademoiselle Rose

Mademoiselle Rose

½ oz. Gin XII
1½ oz. Rinquinquin peach wine liqueur
½ oz. Rose syrup
½ oz. Lime juice
Top with sparkling water

Combine ingredients (except water) in a shaker and shake. Strain into cocktail glass with ice. Top with sparkling water.

Helene Rogeon at Distilleries et Domaines de Provence, created this recipe.

The mixologists at Chambord created this recipe.

Melissa Dowling is editor of Cheers magazine, our on-premise sister publication. Contact her at mdowling@epgmediallc.com, and read her recent pieces, 10 Things to Know About Cognac and The Top-Selling Alcohol Brands from France.

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