France, particularly Paris, is known for its wines, but its drinks offer is much broader and more fascinating.

The City of Light has some of the most famous bars in the world where they prepare exquisite cocktails, from the old classics to new creations.

Let’s get to know this top 10 with the best French cocktails.

1. Black rose

Avant-garde drink whose origin is the art deco era that despite time continues to be one of the favorite cocktails in Paris. While it may seem like a drink aimed primarily at the female audience, its strong dose of vermouth packs a punch.


  • 2 ounces of French vermouth.
  • 1 ounce of Blackberry cordial.
  • Blackberries and rosemary to decorate.
  • 1 teaspoon of blackberry syrup.


Put ice in a short glass and strain the previously measured ingredients. Garnish with fresh blackberries and a sprig of rosemary.

2. Sidecar

A classic among French cocktails whose main ingredients are cognac and cointreau.

It is believed that the cocktail was created in 1931 at the legendary Harry’s Bar in Paris, by Harry MacElhone, also the inventor of the well-known Bloody Mary.


  • 1 and ½ ounces of cognac.
  • 1 ounce of cointreau.
  • Lemon slice to decorate.
  • Sugar to cover the edge of the glass (optional).
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice


Fill the shaker with ice, add the cognac, cointreau and lemon juice and shake. Moisten the top rim of a tall glass and dip it in sugar so that a small coating adheres (optional). Strain the cocktail into the glass and garnish with the lemon wedge.

3. Gin Martini

One of the best Parisian bars to drink the Gin Martini, a classic of the capital and the world, is Le Forum (1931), at Boulevard Malesherbes 75008, where they also prepare the Manhattan and other historical cocktails in bars in many countries.


  • 1 and ½ ounces of gin.
  • 4-5 drops of Grand Marnier.
  • An olive or a slice of lemon to decorate.
  • 2 teaspoons of dry vermouth, preferably the French Noilly Prat.


Fill the shaker with ice cubes and add the gin, vermouth, Grand Marnier and shake for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Decorate with the olive or lemon slice.

4. French Martini

It is one of the homemade drinks in France that Chambord fans prepare to enjoy a variant with this liqueur made with raspberries and cognac.

The Chambord also has honey and vanilla. It is so special that it was praised by King Louis IV when he drank it for the first time in 1685 at the Chambord castle.

The French Martini is an elegant purple color that gives it a sweet touch, harmonizing with the vodka flavored with the same raspberry liqueur and the bittersweetness of the pineapple juice.


  • 2 ounces of pineapple juice.
  • ½ ounce of Chambord liqueur.
  • Fresh raspberries to decorate.
  • 1 and ½ ounces of vodka flavored with Chambord.


Place the liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled Martini glass and garnish with raspberries.


Serendipity became one of the public’s favorite French cocktails. Like many others in France, he carries 2 symbolic drinks of the country, in this case, calvados and champagne. In this recipe, the liquid ingredients must be very cold.


  • ½ cup of champagne.
  • 2 ounces of calvados.
  • 2 ounces of apple juice.
  • Some fresh mint leaves.


Place the mint leaves in the bottom of a tall glass. Pour in the calvados and champagne, stir lightly so that the aroma and flavor of the mint permeate the mixture, and add the apple juice.

6. Libertine

The Libertino cocktail was created by Jen Riley at the Le Red House bar in Paris, with an eclectic mix of drinks and enviable inventiveness.

Le Red House became popular among young bohemian middle-class Parisians. Their prices are reasonable.


  • 1 ounce of vodka.
  • ½ ounce Ruby Port wine.
  • ½ ounce of egg white.
  • 2 teaspoons of Campari.
  • 2 teaspoons of simple syrup.
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice.
  • 1 teaspoon of grapefruit juice.
  • 1 tablespoon of rhubarb and ginger jam.


Fill the shaker with ice cubes, add the ingredients and shake. Strain twice and shake again. Pour into a champagne flute glass to drink.

7. Dirty Daisy

The “Dirty Margarita” cocktail is an encounter between Mexico and France through tequila and cointreau. It was invented by Rob McHardy at the famous Parisian nightclub Silencio, a luxurious nightclub owned by film director and multifaceted artist, David Lynch.


  • 10 cc of cointreau.
  • 4 cc of agave syrup.
  • Lime zest to grate.
  • 50 cc of Ocho Blanco tequila.
  • 3.5 cc of salty caper juice.
  • 20 cc of freshly squeezed lime juice.


Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker (except the lime zest) and shake vigorously. Strain 2 times and serve to drink very cold in a Martini glass. Garnish with lime zest.

8. Parisian boob

Bobo is a French acronym from “bourgeois-bohème” (bourgeois-bohemian), which is why the cocktail is called Parisian bohemian bourgeois.

It’s one of many French cocktails created in Paris, specifically at Jefrey’s Bar, an English-style establishment with purple velvet-upholstered Chesterfield sofas and retro furniture, at 14 rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002.


  • A white of an egg.
  • A touch of club soda.
  • ½ ounce of Rey L’avion D’or.
  • 1 and ¾ ounces of gin.
  • Star anise to decorate.
  • A dash of rhubarb bitters.
  • ½ ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur.


Place ingredients, except star anise, in a chilled cocktail shaker and shake. Pour into a large teacup and top with the star anise as a floating garnish.

9. Le Maudit Français

Le Maudit Francais (The Damned Frenchman) is a French expression that can be both an insult and a compliment. As a cocktail it is a delight that is prepared at its highest level in the popular Experimental Cocktail Club bar, at 37 Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002.


  • Orange peel.
  • 3 measures of champagne.
  • 1 measure of oloroso sherry.
  • 1 measure of maple syrup.
  • 1 measure of freshly squeezed orange juice.
  • A pinch of orange bitter (orange bitter).
  • 3 measures of brandy Darroze Armagnac (8 years).


Fill the shaker with ice, add the ingredients, except the champagne and orange peel, and shake vigorously.

Pour into a champagne flute glass, add the champagne and top with orange zest.

10.French 75

Light and refreshing cocktail invented in the 1910s that took its name from the French 75, an artillery piece developed in France at the end of the 19th century, the main one in its army during World War I.

The original French 75 cocktail included calvados, but at the famous Harry’s New York Bar in Paris they replaced the cider brandy with champagne and thus it went down in cocktail history.


  • 1 ounce of gin.
  • ½ ounce of lemon juice.
  • A dash of simple syrup.
  • Lemon slice to decorate.
  • 2 ounces of champagne, plus a splash to cover.


Fill shaker with ice cubes, add champagne, gin, lemon juice and syrup and shake vigorously.

Strain into a chilled champagne glass, top with a splash of champagne, and garnish with the lemon wedge.

French Cocktails: Additional Information

Drinks from Northern France: Calvados is a popular French brandy produced in the Calvados Department of the Normandy region in the north of the French republic.

It is primarily distilled from apple cider and is a component of many French cocktails.

Perry (poiré or pear cider) is also typical of northern France and is added to some calvados.

French cocktails additional recipes: the kir is a French cocktail that is taken as an aperitif prepared with blackcurrant liqueur (creme de cassis) and white wine.

The kir royal is a variant in which white wine is replaced with champagne.

Pineau des Charentes is a liqueur produced by mixing grape must and brandy brandy. It is made mainly in the Charente area and is drunk as an aperitif.

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