Parisian Cocktails, S’il Vous Plaît

I have the pleasure of writing about a lot of amazing products as a copywriter for Anthropologie. As you can imagine, my wish list grows in direct proportion to my workload. After writing the description for Paris Cocktails, I just knew it would lead me down a delicious path to cocktails I hadn’t conjured in my wildest dreams. Beyond a recipe book, Paris Cocktails provides an inside guide to celebrating, entertaining and drinking like the French. Inspired by this Belles Vies Must-Read, here are my favorite French cocktail recipes for your imbibing pleasure.

{1} Kir Royale. This classic cocktail dates back to the 1940s in Burgundy when French priest and politician Félix Kir mixed a local Aligoté white wine with blackcurrant liqueur to serve to his fellow delegates. A fancy twist on champagne, to make this festive libation, simply pour one teaspoon of crème de cassis into a Champagne flute and top with Champagne or sparkling wine.

kir-royale-940x600Photo: Bon Appétit

{2} French 75. Also known as a Soixante Quinze, the French 75 was named after a World War I French field gun, the French75mm. Comprised of four ingredients, this citrus infused champagne and gin concoction is a deliciously dangerous beverage to keep in your arsenal. Combine one ounce of gin with half an ounce of simple syrup, add half an ounce of lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake until well chilled and strain into a glass. Top with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

french75-1500x1000-1Photo: The Drink Blog

{3} The French Blonde. A glamorous blend of sweet and sour that’s slightly high maintenance thanks to some out of the ordinary ingredients, grapefruit juice balances the bite of gin and Lillet. To create, vigorously shake together half an ounce of elderflower liqueur, like St. Germain, one ounce dry gin, two ounces Lillet Blanc, two ounces fresh grapefruit juice, and a few dashes lemon bitters in an ice-filled cocktail shaker for at least 30 seconds. Strain into a martini glass.


{4} The Sidecar. The precise origin of the Sidecar is hazy, but it’s inception is rumored to be during World War I in Paris. The Ritz claims to be the original mixologist behind the beverage, but both the English and Americans stake claims to inventing this classic cocktail. In any case, it found its true notoriety at Harry’s Bar in Paris and has been a French staple for decades. To make, if you’re feeling fancy, rim the cocktail glass with sugar then combine one and a half ounces Cognac, Armagnac or bourbon with one ounce Cointreau or triple sec orange liqueur and half an ounce lemon juice and shake in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.


{5} The French Martini. France is responsible for some of the most widely enjoyed liqueurs and mixers in cocktail canon, particularly Grand Marnier, Creme de Violette, Chartreuse, and St. Germain. However, Chambord remains a timeless classic that every good home bar should keep in stock. Made from black raspberries, honey, vanilla and herbs, Chambord has been made in France for about 300 years. To make this sweet martini, combine two ounces of vodka, half an ounce of Chambord, and two and a half ounces of pineapple juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain and pour into a martini glass.

frenchmartini_91740_16x9Photo: BBC

Please imbibe responsibly, and santé!



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