Drinking French: The Iconic Cocktails, Apéritifs, and Café Traditions of France, with 160 Recipes by David Lebovitz

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    • Ingredients: ground coffee; milk
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    • Ingredients: milk; dark chocolate
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    • Ingredients: heavy cream; sea salt flakes; milk; dark chocolate; butter
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    • Ingredients: half and half cream; dark chocolate; milk chocolate; ground cardamom; ground cinnamon; nutmeg
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    • Ingredients: gelatin powder; egg whites; Armagnac; sugar; golden syrup; vanilla powder; powdered sugar
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    • Ingredients: dried lemon verbena
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    • Ingredients: dried chamomile flowers
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    • Ingredients: mint; green gunpowder tea leaves
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    • Ingredients: cinnamon sticks; cardamom pods; whole cloves; fresh ginger; fruity red wine; honey; oranges
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    • Ingredients: espresso; store-cupboard ingredients
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    • Ingredients: Dutch-process cocoa powder; store-cupboard ingredients
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    • Ingredients: Irish cream liqueur; vanilla ice cream; espresso
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    • Ingredients: lemons
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    • Ingredients: fresh ginger; lemons; rosemary; sugar; sparkling water; citrus fruit of your choice
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    • Ingredients: lemons; sparkling water
    • Accompaniments: Crespèu
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    • Ingredients: mint syrup; grenadine syrup
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    • Ingredients: sparkling lemonade; green mint syrup
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    • Ingredients: mint; lemons; sparkling water
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    • Ingredients: dry white wine; lemons; sparkling water
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    • Ingredients: beer; lemons; sparkling water
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    • Ingredients: grenadine syrup; beer; lemons; sparkling water
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    • Ingredients: grenadine syrup; beer

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  • hakirkwood on June 26, 2020

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  • Ménage à quatre

    • tanenblatt on September 14, 2020

      Ingredients list is missing lemon juice

    • zengal on November 13, 2021

      We liked this recipe as is very much. And we liked it even more with 1/2 the lemon juice.

    • anya_sf on October 17, 2020

      Pleasantly tart and not too strong. Very enjoyable.

  • Lillet reviver

    • Apollonia on August 30, 2020

      We've made this drink many times since buying the book. Delicious. Sometimes, if I want something lighter, I'll substitute Seedlip Garden (a nonalcoholic gin-type spirit) for the gin, leaving the rest as is. Don't be tempted to leave out the Pastis, it really makes the drink.

    • TrishaCP on September 17, 2021

      This was really light and lovely. Subbed Herbsaint for the pastis.

    • anya_sf on September 13, 2020

      Nice! Less gin-forward than traditional. I swirled absinthe in the glass, but next time will try pastis.

    • Jviney on May 23, 2021

      I loved this and didn’t have the pastis! Appolonia has convinced me to make it and give it a try this summer...but I still loved this drink even without it.

    • jenburkholder on November 26, 2022

      Quite a tasty drink. Rinsed with Chartreuse instead of pastis and enjoyed that, but found the Cointreau a bit strong. Would reduce a touch.

  • Seat of your pants

    • Apollonia on August 30, 2020

      At first glance, this sounded very unappealing, but honestly, it is unbelievably delicious. The bitterness of the Suze and the cassis complement each other so nicely. A repeat player in our house.

    • anya_sf on November 03, 2020

      I couldn't imagine how this would taste so I had to try it. It was interesting - sweet and bitter - rather syrupy. I liked it okay, but didn't love it. I ended up watering it down with club soda.

  • Scofflaw

    • MollyB on October 31, 2022

      Very nice, well-balanced drink. I made the grenadine syrup in the book, and this is a great way to use it.

  • Sidecar

    • MollyB on June 28, 2021

      Oh, this was nice for a hot summer evening. This will be my go-to sidecar recipe from here on out.

    • anya_sf on December 21, 2020

      A great classic cocktail

  • Spicy glazed nut and pretzel mix

    • MollyB on October 31, 2022

      These are addictive! I made a full batch to have on hand for a not-too-unhealthy snack when I get home from work, but they are disappearing fast. I used a mix of almond, hazelnuts, and pecans with pretzels, and it's great.

  • Grenadine syrup

    • MollyB on October 31, 2022

      Good, easy version of grenadine. I like the added complexity of the little bit of pomegranate molasse that is added. I've been enjoying it in the Scofflaw recipe in the book, as well as added to sparkling water with some lime juice.

    • hibeez on December 30, 2021

      never need to buy grenadine again. keeps in the freezer well, and as he says, it doesn't freeze solid, making it scoop-able.

  • City of Light

    • TrishaCP on July 03, 2021

      Easy drinking and will definitely be repeated.

    • anya_sf on September 14, 2020

      Very nice. I might try doubling the sparkling wine to make it less syrupy.

  • Tangerine spritz

    • TrishaCP on January 09, 2021

      A lovely light spritz.

    • twoyolks on April 20, 2022

      Maybe it's better with Aperol but with Campari it was just too bitter for me.

    • anya_sf on January 04, 2021

      Nice light drink. Not bitter at all made with Aperol. I liked a little extra sparkling wine.

  • Vesper

    • ecasey830 on August 27, 2020

      Very strong!

    • Jviney on May 21, 2021

      It’s very strong but I liked it! For me, this drink benefited from a nibble alongside. I paired it with Dorie Greenspan’s Old Bay Pretzel-and-Cheese cookies. Perfect for cocktail hour...or date night at home after the kids go to bed, in our case.

  • Something good

    • twoyolks on August 18, 2021

      Perfectly balanced. Just really good.

    • Jviney on February 05, 2023

      This is a lovely aperitif, and it’s pretty too, in its coupe glass. Slightly sweet, a keeper.

  • Liaison

    • twoyolks on May 28, 2021

      Easy to make and quite tasty. I used Punt e Mes in place of Cap Course rouge and it worked very well.

  • Waterloo

    • twoyolks on December 01, 2021

      Pretty good. It’s well balanced. I’d like just a bit more flavor.

    • Jviney on February 25, 2023

      It’s okay. Doesn’t commit.

  • 21st century

    • twoyolks on June 09, 2021

      The lemon and chocolate flavors didn’t quite mesh for me.

  • Pomme royale

    • twoyolks on January 03, 2021

      Really great drink. I loved the flavor. I skipped the sugar and lemon juice on the rim and it worked fine.

    • anya_sf on April 06, 2021

      Lovely, well-balanced drink. While the sugar rim was nice, sips without it were also good, so you could skip it.

  • The last word

    • twoyolks on December 20, 2021

      This drink is really well balanced between sweet and sour. It works really well.

    • anya_sf on December 10, 2020

      I used yellow chartreuse instead of green and the drink was very good. I'm not sure how that affected the taste - the book says yellow chartreuse is sweeter. The drink would still be good if it were slightly less sweet. Update: I made this again with green chartreuse and thought it was great.

  • Evolved revolver

    • hirsheys on February 05, 2021

      This was delicious, though a little on the sweet side for me. I used a spiced bitters that I have, but could have used a bit more.

  • Twinkle

    • hirsheys on February 26, 2021

      I only sort of made this - I misread the amount of champagne, so I ended up just using vodka, st Germaine, and seltzer (I misread the amount of champagne as .5 oz, not .5 c, so didn’t want to open a bottle). It was lovely - a sipping drink for sure, but quite nice. Would make it this way again.

    • anya_sf on September 19, 2020

      I used St Germain elderflower liqueur and sparkling rose. Nice flavor, rather sweet - would be good for a brunch or bridal shower.

  • Elderflower royal

    • hirsheys on July 17, 2021

      This is a variation on the Kir Royale that I’d been wanting to try (I *love* elderflower liqueur.) The recipe calls for you to make your own, but I don’t have access to any elderflowers and he says you can use St. Germain, so I just did that. This was a great way to doctor some champagne that I had opened about a week ago - it still had fizz but was losing freshness. Will definitely make this again, especially when I have cheap bubbly wine I don’t love sitting around. (I should have put this in a champagne glass, but didn’t want to have to wash one after such a long week…)

    • kaityblueeyes on March 04, 2023

      Love this to add a little somethin somethin to champagne

  • Baked Camembert with walnuts, figs, and whiskey gastrique

    • Wende on November 05, 2020

      This is so delicious and it looks just beautiful. It's easy to prepare and perfect for company.

  • Chocolate liqueur (Crème de cacao)

    • stockholm28 on July 17, 2021

      Easy to make and makes a nice after dinner liqueur.

  • Rhubarb cordial

    • stockholm28 on June 18, 2021

      You can also find the recipe on the smitten kitchen site. This is supposed to age a month, but I pulled it out at 3 weeks. I made half a recipe. It is strong, but surprisingly the gin didn’t dominate the flavor. I also liked it with some seltzer and a splash of pomegranate juice.

    • hibeez on July 30, 2021

      This cordial is spectacular. It is great in his recipes, but also wonderful with tonic, or just over ice. I made Deborah Madison's raspberry-rhubarb compote with the strained rhubarb. Win-win!

  • Rosemary bar nuts

    • Lepa on December 23, 2022

      These nuts are subtle and delicious, perfect for a pre-dinner nibble with a glass of champagne.

  • La bicyclette

    • anya_sf on November 10, 2020

      Quite nice, even when made with inexpensive sparkling wine.

  • Americano

    • anya_sf on February 05, 2021

      I enjoyed this quite a bit, made with Carpano Antica Formula vermouth, Campari, and extra sparkling water.

  • Champagne with black currant liqueur (Kir royal)

    • anya_sf on November 10, 2020

      A classic for a reason

  • Grapefruit twist

    • anya_sf on December 11, 2020

      I did not love this one for some reason. Granted, I didn't splurge on real champagne, but that didn't seem like the flavor I disliked.

  • Lebovitz isle

    • anya_sf on July 13, 2022

      Reminiscent of a mimosa, but IMO better than most (mimosas often just taste like sour OJ). I wouldn't use a super dry (or expensive) sparkling wine here.

  • Elderflower French champagne cocktail

    • anya_sf on March 06, 2023

      I used St Germain and an inexpensive sparkling wine. This was good but quite strong!

  • Triple ménace

    • anya_sf on September 12, 2020

      This one's for stiff drink lovers. I liked the flavor, but it was too strong for me. I added a large amount of club soda and enjoyed it then.

  • Suze & tonic

    • anya_sf on September 20, 2020

      Enjoyable, like a less strong G&T.

  • Gentian fizz

    • anya_sf on November 07, 2020

      Interesting. Rather than balancing the bitterness, the sweetness of the pineapple juice almost competed for attention - some sips tasted more of pineapple, others were more bitter. This could depend on the tonic water (I used Fever Tree Premium Indian).

  • Suze in paradise

    • anya_sf on December 06, 2020

      Nice, not strong. Mostly tastes like grapefruit juice, slightly sweet from the cassis, with background bitter notes. I ended up adding some sparkling water, rather than more tonic.

  • The Champs-Élysées

    • anya_sf on December 17, 2020

      Pretty good.

  • Aviation

    • anya_sf on July 02, 2021

      We tried 2 versions of this: 1 with Bombay Sapphire, 1 with Empress gin, which is made with sweeter botanicals and has a purple tint. The Bombay Sapphire version was good - quite tart from the lemon. The Empress version was even better and not quite as bracing, with a gorgeous purple hue.

  • A is for ananas

    • anya_sf on July 11, 2022

      Quite enjoyable. I used Empress gin, Boissiere sweet vermouth, and Aperol. I imagine the flavor could vary quite a bit depending on your liquor selections. We drank ours on the rocks rather than up.

  • Hemingway daiquiri

    • anya_sf on March 07, 2021

      This is the classic tart version of this drink with no simple syrup. Quite enjoyable.

  • Rosemary gimlet

    • anya_sf on September 15, 2020

      Loved this drink, sipped slowly (it's strong).

    • hibeez on February 26, 2021

      This is a wonderful spin on a gimlet. Making your own lime syrup is a super replacement for that high -fructose corn syrup abomination of Rose Lime Juice (in the US at least). The addition of rosemary adds a pleasant piney complexity that makes it truly enjoyable.

    • Jviney on March 03, 2023

      Quite good. A little sweet, piney from the rosemary, a little sour from the lime juice. Loved it.

    • kaityblueeyes on March 04, 2023

      Amazing cocktail, so balanced and delicious. Made with beefeater gin.

  • La marguerite

    • anya_sf on April 08, 2021

      Interesting flavor, not bad. The orange is prominent. I would try this again with lime juice in place of half the OJ.

  • Vert verre

    • anya_sf on June 14, 2021

      Lacking mint syrup, I used regular simple syrup and extra mint leaves. Used Mt Gay rum instead of white. This was a delicious cross between a mojito and a G&T.

  • The yellow cocktail

    • anya_sf on December 04, 2020

      Really enjoyable! I was unfamiliar with yellow chartreuse, but its sweetness balanced the Suze very nicely.

  • Suzy's hanky

    • anya_sf on November 25, 2020

      Similar profile to a negroni - worth trying if you enjoy those. I liked it OK, but that's not my favorite kind of drink. Might like it better with a better vermouth.

  • Quatresse

    • hibeez on February 26, 2021

      This is my husband's new favorite drink. He paws through the snow, looking for sage leaves so I will make it for him. The tiny bit of scotch adds just the right balance - so don't overlook it and use a peaty one as they recommend, such as Laphroig.

  • Warm marinated olives

    • hibeez on March 11, 2023

      These are so easy and they get raves from guests. Can serve them warm or room temp. I used a mix of black and green olives.

  • Hot chocolate (Chocolat chaud)

    • hibeez on January 19, 2023

      This was the most delicious hot chocolate, and easy to make, too. Went with the French serving size, which was perfect. Also topped with a bit of whipped cream. Used 1 tbsp of Demerara sugar and callebaut chocolate pastilles, which I used as is (did not chop). Fortunate to have non-homogenized whole milk from the farm next door.

  • Chocolate frappé (Chocolat frappé)

    • Kinhawaii on April 22, 2021

      Delicious & rich- when it’s too hot for hot chocolate. Tried it with almond milk. Will definitely make again!

    • racheljmorgan on November 22, 2022

      Very easy and quick. The cocoa did initially give a bit of dryness to the frappe, but then melded in while drinking.

  • Mushroom-Roquefort tartlets

    • Kinhawaii on May 01, 2021

      Delicious- used button & cremini mushrooms, American blue cheese, chives, shallot. Made dough & filling the day before- dough was easy to handle & baked up tender & flaky. I liked that I was able to adjust the filling by taste- since it was all cooked. Best warm but I can eat this at any temperature. Made exactly half a recipe & got 12. Will definitely make again.

  • Fontina and seed crisps

    • Jviney on March 14, 2023

      Surprising and unusual and delicious. My six year old kept sneaking into the kitchen amongst the adults to get another crisp. Quick and easy to put together, GF for those who need it, delicious!

  • Mon Dieu

    • Jviney on February 19, 2023

      I made this on two separate occasions before I decided how I felt about it. The blackberry is lovely and the sparkling water gives it a nice lightness. Worth making the blackberry shrub for this drink for sure.

  • Boulevardier

    • DFarnham on October 19, 2021

      Solid drink--used Woodford's Reserve

    • kaityblueeyes on February 13, 2023

      Obsessed! If you are a tertiary Negroni drinker but prefer rye over gin, definitely try this! One of my new favorite drinks.

  • Smoked salmon pâté à tartiner

    • DFarnham on November 25, 2022

      Excellent recipe. We felt it needed to be a little creamier so we blitzed it a few times in the mini chopper. Definite repeat.

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  • ISBN 10 1607749297
  • ISBN 13 9781607749295
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  • Published Mar 03 2020
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 288
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Ten Speed Press

Publishers Text

The New York Times bestselling author of My Paris Kitchen serves up more than 160 recipes for trendy cocktails, quintessential apéritifs, café favorites, complementary snacks, and more.

Bestselling cookbook author, memoirist, and popular blogger David Lebovitz delves into the drinking culture of his adopted home in French Drinks. This beautifully photographed collection features 160 recipes for everything from coffee, hot chocolate, and tea to apéritifs such as Kir and Lillet, classic and modern cocktails from the hottest Paris bars, and creative infusions using fresh fruit and French liqueurs. And because the French can't imagine drinking without having something to eat alongside, David includes crispy, salty snacks to serve with your concoctions. Each recipe is accompanied by David's witty and informative stories about the ins and outs of life in France, as well as photographs taken on location in Paris and beyond.

Whether you have a trip to France booked and want to know what and where to drink, or just want to infuse your next get-together with a little French flair, this rich and revealing guide will make you the toast of the town.

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