The French Connection Cocktail | Inventive Culinary


The French Connection Cocktail is each easy and beautiful; a mix of French Cognac and Amaretto named after the film of the identical identify.

The French Connection Cocktail Served in a Lowball Glass with a Lemon Twist

This month ‘s Progressive Eats occasion is about French foods and drinks. The epitome of excellence in my e book. Un-apologetically decadent and scrumptious meals. After I perused the providing my running a blog associates had already included I noticed there was no cocktail. I seldom do cocktails for this month-to-month occasion due to a behavior I ‘used’ to have of doing one each Friday however what the heck; I did it anyway!

I’m most keen on each the French 75 and the Kir Royale, each French cocktails made with champage, however each are in these pages. I wished one thing that I might see in a smoky French bar, not at a vacation desk and once I noticed a reference to The French Connection Cocktail I made a decision that this was it. Solely then did I journey on-line to get some historical past and see what was behind the making.

Because it seems, little or no is thought in regards to the historical past of the French Connection Cocktail. Whereas it’s supposedly named after the long-lasting movie of the identical identify that debuted in 1971  starring Gene Hackman as ‘Popeye Doyle’ in a real crime drama, I might discover no definitive story of a bartender in a French bistro who concocted it with a objective. My solely saving grace that actually qualifies this inclusion as French is the usage of Cognac, a really French brandy.

Courvoisier VSOP CognacIt’s possible you’ll marvel although, what about that Cognac; what must you use? There are three most important sorts:

  1. V.S. – Eau de vies with a minimal age of two years. Often known as Very Particular or Three Stars.
  2. V.S.O.P. – Eau de vies with a minimal age of 4 years. Often known as Very Particular Outdated Pale or Reserve.
  3. X.O. – Eau de vies with a minimal age of ten years.

One necessary be aware too; whereas Cognac is brandy, not all brandy is Cognac. Cognac is a wine grape brandy from the Cognac area of France (a area simply North of world-famous Bordeaux!). This area is a managed designation of origin, or AOP (Appellation d’Origine Protégée), with many guidelines and rules regulating the standard of all of the kinds of Cognac.

It means each Cognac you drink comes with a stamp of authenticity, very like Champagne that may solely be labeled as such if from the Champagne area in France.

My cognac of alternative for this French Connection Cocktail was Courvosier VSOP. A really scientific purpose for it too. It’s what my dad used to purchase for the vacations! I’m undecided I ever tried it as a child however I all the time liked that identify. And it’s excellent; a great cognac that doesn’t break the financial institution.

The French Connection Cocktail Served in a Lowball Glass and Garnished with a Lemon Twist

Should you don’t have already got a bottle of Amaretto readily available, that search is far simpler; it’s an Italian liqueur and several other manufacturers make it, I sometimes maintain a bottle of Amaretto Disaronno readily available, the one with that signature sq. cap.

This cocktail can solely be thought of French due to the primary ingredient and I suppose as a ‘connection’ because it have been to a movie that takes place in France. However it appears French to me; one thing about it, a sure ‘Je ne sais quoi.’ Perhaps in lieu of touring to anyplace, a lot much less France, I’ll get pleasure from this drink and dream of these days when Paris appeared a risk…include me?

The French Connection Cocktail Mixed in a Cocktail Pitcher

Whereas the overwhelming majority of the cocktails I make require shaking with ice in a cocktail shaker, the French Connection Cocktail is totally different. Elements are merely stirred earlier than being poured over ice after which garnished with a lemon twist. Only a few recipes name for the lemon twist (or orange twist) however I most well-liked it. It lends a pleasant contact to an in any other case candy after dinner drink. Didn’t I say easy? That is all that’s required (each substances and directions comply with on the finish of this publish).

  • 2 ounces of Cognac brandy
  • 1 ounce of Amaretto
  • Lemon or orange twists

Together with the variations on amount I noticed an enormous distinction in the usage of ice as properly. Some used ice when mixing after which poured it over ice in a glass. Some solely put ice within the glass. I didn’t even use ice so I stored mine chilly with my favourite ‘ice’ once I’m having a cocktail like this, these Whiskey Stones. They keep in my freezer after which I take advantage of one stone per glass and it’ll make a drink cool with out making it ice chilly, precisely what I wished.

   Stainless Steel Ice Cubes Used in The French Connection Cocktail

Should you suppose your French Connection Cocktail would enhance with a little bit of water, than add ice to your glass; I don’t advocate you combine it with ice after which pour it over extra ice; you don’t need it watered down, merely chilled a bit.

This was a enjoyable train and a leap from the kind of cocktails I usually work on. I can think about it will be a becoming finish to an amazing French dinner although…On trinque? (Lets toast?).

Progressive Eats

Welcome to Progressive Eats, our digital model of a Progressive Dinner Celebration. This month’s theme is A French Feast, and our host is Coleen who blogs at The Redhead Baker.

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La boisson (Drink)

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L’entrée (Appetizer)

Le ache (Bread)

Le plat principal (Primary Dish)

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The French Connection Cocktail Served in a Lowball Glass with a Lemon Twist

The French Connection Cocktail Served in a Lowball Glass and Garnished with a Lemon Twist

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The French Connection Cocktail

The French Connection Cocktail Served in a Lowball Glass with a Lemon Twist

A easy but scrumptious after dinner drink combining Cognac with Amaretto and a contact of lemon.

Prep Time
5 minutes

Whole Time
5 minutes


  • four ounces Cognac
  • 2 ounces Amaretto
  • Lemon or Orange Twists for Garnish


  1. Mix the Cognac and Amaretto in a glass and blend to mix. Pour over ice in a rocks glass.
  2. Twist the lemon or orange peel to extract among the oils over the drink, drop it in and stir once more.

Vitamin Info:



Serving Measurement:


Quantity Per Serving:
Energy: 282Whole Fats: 0gSaturated Fats: 0gTrans Fats: 0gUnsaturated Fats: 0gLdl cholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 18gProtein: 1g

The dietary info is computer-generated and solely an estimate. If you’ll want to use vitamin info we recommend you affirm these totals with your individual program.


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