Blondes don’t always have more fun
If you appreciate the citrusy-sweet flavor of a French Blonde cocktail, you are going to love her little redheaded sister.
Gin cocktails, like this French Ginger, have a lot of herbal-floral flavor combinations. They can be sweet, tart, tangy, and even bubbly. While gin might not be everyone’s favorite spirit, the flavors of this French Ginger cocktail might have you rethinking your dislike of gin.
What makes the flavor palate of the French Ginger cocktail so appealing is its balance. Like it’s sister the French Blonde, the French Ginger blends the herbal qualities of elderflower liqueur and gin and the citrusy bite of Lillet Blanc [White Lillet] and lemon bitters with the sweetness of fresh grapefruit juice, but with the added kick of ginger liqueur.
If you’ve never tried elderflower liqueur, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its delightful floral notes. It is used in many different cocktails and pairs very well with dry champagnes and gins. It also helps to even out the flavors of the White Lillet, grapefruit juice, and ginger liqueur. It also goes really well with rosemary, but that’s a cocktail for another day.
St. Germain is a very popular brand of elderflower liqueur with a $30+ price tag, so it’s definitely on my splurge list. If your local liquor/ABC store carries mini bottles of it, that’s a great way to try it without breaking the bank. One mini bottle has enough elderflower liqueur for about two French Ginger cocktails.
Enjoy this cocktail all year round neat or over ice.
Mix up this recipe for the French Ginger cocktail!
The French Ginger
Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- ½ Ounce St. Germain
- ½ Ounce Ginger Liqueur
- 1 Ounce London Dry Gin
- 1½ Ounces White Lillet
- 2 Ounces Fresh Grapefruit Juice
- Few Dashes Lemon Bitters
- Grapefruit Section for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:
- Rocks Glass
- Cocktail Shaker
French Ginger Cocktail: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until perfectly chilled [about 30 seconds]. Strain over ice into a Rocks glass. Garnish with grapefruit section and enjoy.
1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 152 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 11 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 9