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

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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

    • 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 pastas! Appolonia has convinced me to make it and give it a try this summer...but I still loved this drink even without it.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 21st century

    • twoyolks on June 09, 2021

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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…)

  • 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!

  • Champagne with black currant liqueur (Kir royal)

    • anya_sf on November 10, 2020

      A classic for a reason

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The last word

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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  • ISBN 10 1607749297
  • ISBN 13 9781607749295
  • Linked ISBNs
  • 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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