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.

    • anya_sf on September 13, 2020

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Twinkle

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • City of Light

    • anya_sf on September 14, 2020

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

  • 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.

  • Sidecar

    • anya_sf on December 21, 2020

      A great classic cocktail

  • The Champs-Élysées

    • anya_sf on December 17, 2020

      Pretty good.

  • 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.

  • Rosemary gimlet

    • anya_sf on September 15, 2020

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

  • 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.

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  • ISBN 10 1607749297
  • ISBN 13 9781607749295
  • 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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