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How to make a French riviera cocktail

Melanie Giandzi
·2-min read
Photo credit: TT Liquor
Photo credit: TT Liquor

From Good Housekeeping

The French Riviera cocktail earns its name from championing the fruity flavours in French cognac, and its rich but refreshingly drinkable nature earns its place as a modern classic in the drinks world.

What are the ingredients for a French Riviera cocktail?

This sweet and sophisticated cocktail combines rich, fruity cognac, smooth, warming rum, and an intoxicating mix of apricot jam, lemon and honey which will instantly transport you from your home bar to the French riviera. The subtle fruitiness and enveloping warmth of of the drink help to elevate the complex flavours in the cognac and the white rum, whilst perfectly softening their kick, making for a wonderfully drinkable homage to the sun-drenched south of France. We also tried an alternative by topping up with some Prosecco for a lighter take.

The team over at TT Liquor, who host virtual and in person cocktail masterclasses in London, as well as being a specialist liquor store have shared the how-to for this delicious cocktail.

Photo credit: Good Housekeeping
Photo credit: Good Housekeeping

How to make a French Riviera - serves 1

Ingredients

  • 40ml Cognac

  • 15ml White Rum (we used East London Liquor Co's)

  • 15ml Lemon Juice

  • 1 heaped teaspoon of apricot jam

  • 1 heaped teaspoon of honey

  • Prosecco to top up (optional)

  • Cocktail shaker

  • Jigger (or measurer)

  • Ice

Directions

  • Grab your cocktail shaker and using the jigger measure out your cognac, rum and lemon juice.

  • Stir in a big spoonful of apricot jam and a big spoonful of the honey; be sure to stir vigorously to help mix them in.

  • Fill shaker with ice and seal with the top.

  • Shake HARD for 10-15 seconds (or until the shaker becomes frosted on the outside).

  • Open and strain into a rocks glass.

  • Fill with fresh cubed ice /or the ice from your shaker.

  • Garnish with a dehydrated orange slice and a cut straw if desired.

  • Top up with Prosecco to create a lighter alternative (optional).

  • Serve and Enjoy!

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