The French Blonde
The allure of celebrity-favorite cocktails is undeniable, and one such tantalizing libation is The French Blonde—a rumored favorite of none other than Taylor Swift herself. Served at Rye restaurant in Leawood, Kansas, this well-balanced concoction boasts a symphony of flavors, including the delicate notes of citrus and floral undertones. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the ingredients and even explore how to create a non-alcoholic version of this enticing cocktail.
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Here’s what ingredients and tools you’ll need for this drink:
What is London Dry Gin?
London Dry Gin is a type of gin known for its crisp and dry taste. It typically includes botanicals like juniper, coriander, and citrus peel. The choice of London Dry Gin in this recipe adds a refreshing and aromatic quality to the cocktail.
What is Lillet?
Lillet Blanc is a French aperitif wine, a blend of wine and citrus liqueur. It brings a subtle sweetness and complexity to The French Blonde. It’s worth noting that Lillet should be refrigerated after opening to preserve its flavors.
Chill Your Coupe Glass:
Before serving The French Blonde, I recommend chilling the coupe glass. To achieve this, simply place the glass in the freezer for at least 15 minutes. Chilling the glass not only enhances the drinking experience by keeping the cocktail cooler for longer but also adds a touch of sophistication to the presentation. You can also fill the glass with ice then discard after it starts to look frosty.
Making it a Mocktail:
For those seeking a non-alcoholic alternative to The French Blonde, here’s a mocktail version that preserves the essence of the original:
Use a non-alcoholic gin alternative to replace the London Dry Gin.
Substitute elderflower syrup for the elderflower liqueur.
Opt for a non-alcoholic white wine with citrus and honey notes as a Lillet Blanc replacement.
Replace the dash of lemon bitters with lemon juice to maintain the citrusy profile.
By making these simple swaps, you can enjoy a refreshing and alcohol-free version of The French Blonde, perfect for any occasion.
You might also like Elderflower & Cucumber Spritz.
How To Make The French Blonde
The French Blonde Recipe
The French Blonde
- 1 oz London Dry Gin
- 1/2 oz Elderflower liqueur
- 2 oz Lillet blanc
- 1 oz grapefruit juice
- Dash of lemon juice or lemon bitters
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker then add ice.
- Shake until well chilled.
- Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
- Garnish with a lemon peel or edible flower (optional).
The French Blonde stands as a testament to the artistry of mixology, blending diverse flavors into a harmonious and elegant cocktail. Whether you choose to savor the original recipe or opt for a non-alcoholic twist, this libation is sure to captivate your taste buds with its refreshing and well-balanced character.