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French Blonde Cocktail

Calling all fans of elegant cocktails and Taylor Swift! Word on the street, the French Blonde Cocktail is our favorite popstar’s go-to drink. This cocktail is classy AF and full of fresh floral flavors. With notes of citrus and grapefruit, the French Blonde is bright, sweet, and chic. I hope you enjoy every sip!

two martini glasses full of light yellow french blonde drink

What is a French Blonde?

The French Blonde is a delightful blend of gin, Lillet blanc, elderflower liqueur, and citrusy flavors. It’s the ultimate combination of sweet and bitter, which results in an elegant elixir!

This beverage is perfect for the transition from winter to spring! Citrus is at its best in the winter and the floral notes evoke the first bloom of spring. While it’s also delicious and refreshing in the summer, it’s always nice to find a drink that celebrates the cooler seasons!

It’s light and elegant! Sipping this cocktail will make you feel like you’re dressed in a fur-lined nightgown as you glide through your late husband’s mansion. Or Taylor Swift – either one. 

Ingredients

The French Blonde comes together with just a handful of ingredients. Start by chilling your Lillet Blanc so your cocktail is as bright and crisp as intended! 

a gold cocktail shaker, a bottle of aviation gin, a bottle of St. Germain elderflower liqueur, lillet, and slices of grapefruit and lemon beside cocktail glasses

  • Gin 
  • Lillet Blanc 
  • St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur 
  • Grapefruit juice 
  • Lemon juice 

Variations of this French Cocktail

  • Add a little bit of simple syrup if you like sweeter cocktails! If you want to play around with different flavors as well, you can try this strawberry syrup
  • Add a little dash of champagne or Prosecco for bubbles!
  • If you want your Blonde to be a little more mellow, add some sparkling water or soda water.
  • Add a few sprigs of mint or an orange slice.

How to Make a Lillet French Cocktail 

pouring alcohol into the golden cocktail shaker with slices of grapefruit and lemon to the sides

It’s as simple as can be! Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to combine for 10-15 seconds, or until it’s very cold. Strain your cocktail into a coupe glass and enjoy!

a golden cocktail shaker

FAQs

What does a French Blonde taste like? 

It tastes like a celebration in your mouth! But seriously, it’s a slightly bitter cocktail that’s lifted by light sweetness and notes of citrus. It’s refreshing, bright, and a little bit botanical. 

What kind of alcohol is Lillet?

Lillet is an aperitif made of a blend of French wines. It can be enjoyed on its own before or after a meal, or it can be mixed into a cocktail. It has a sweet fruity wine flavor that lends itself to so many different drink recipes. 

How long is a bottle of Lillet good for? 

Once opened, a bottle of Lillet is good for a few weeks in the fridge. You know what that means? You have a few more French Blondes in your future!

a couple glasses of the french blonde with bottles of gin, lillet, and some lemon slices in the back

Serving Suggestions

The bright energy (and taste) of the French Blonde drink calls for complementary pairings! Here are a few ideas to get you started on a dinner party menu, a date night, or a self-care night to yourself.

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French Blonde Cocktail

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Cocktail Shaker
  • Cuisine: French

Description

Calling all fans of elegant cocktails and Taylor Swift! Word on the street, the French Blonde Cocktail is our favorite popstar’s go-to drink. This cocktail is classy AF and full of fresh floral flavors. With notes of citrus and grapefruit, the French Blonde is bright, sweet, and chic. I hope you enjoy every sip!


Ingredients

Scale

2 oz gin

1 oz Lillet Blanc

1/2 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

1.5 oz grapefruit juice

1/2 oz lemon juice


Instructions

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 10-15 seconds or until very cold. Strain into a coupe glass. 


Notes

Note: Add a little simple syrup if you like sweeter cocktails and a little champagne or soda water to top it off if you like more mellow drinks! 

Keywords: the french blonde, french blonde cocktail, french cocktail, french blonde drink

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