French Blonde Gin Cocktail Recipe

May we present the understated charm of the French blonde gin cocktail — a hidden gem rumored to be Taylor Swift's drink of choice. With its unique blend of fruity and floral flavors, this cocktail might not be on everyone's radar just yet, but we have a feeling that it's about to blow up. Get ahead of the trend and indulge in this deliciously simple drink recipe brought to us by Catherine Brookes.

At the core of this cocktail is Lillet Blanc, a distinctive French wine infused with fruits and liqueurs. This creates a light, fruity base that is perfectly complemented by the tang of grapefruit juice. Gin adds depth and botanical complexity, while elderflower liqueur infuses a hint of sweet and floral sophistication. A splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice provides a balanced tartness, rounding out the flavors with a crisp, citrusy finish. It's a combination of ingredients that's both refreshing and refined. 

Whether you're serving this up to friends or unwinding after a long day, the French blonde is sure to become a firm favorite! So, get ready to channel your inner mixologist and raise a glass to Taylor Swift's excellent taste in cocktails.

Gather the ingredients for this French blonde gin cocktail

This easy cocktail consists of just 5 ingredients — that's Lillet Blanc, grapefruit juice, gin, elderflower liqueur, and lemon juice. This delicious combo is simply shaken up with some ice and strained into a glass, then you're ready to serve! We love to add a lemon twist garnish for that extra touch of sophistication.

Step 1: Add ice to shaker

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

Step 2: Add the cocktail ingredients

Add all of the remaining ingredients to the shaker.

Step 3: Shake

Shake to combine.

Step 4: Strain

Strain into a glass.

Step 5: Garnish and serve

Serve, garnished with a lemon twist, if desired.

What foods pair well with this French blonde gin cocktail?

The refreshing fruitiness of this cocktail makes it a versatile companion to a variety of foods, from lighter bites to heartier main dishes. With its subtle citrus notes, the cocktail pairs beautifully with seafood and white meats. Fresh oysters, pan-fried shrimp, and grilled chicken are all great options. To keep things fresh and vibrant, try adding a crisp salad with a lemony dressing. You could even add some fresh grapefruit segments to echo the flavors of the drink. To round off your meal with a complementary sweet treat, why not try something indulgent and light — perhaps a zesty lemon tart, fruity sorbet, or creamy panna cotta?

If you're looking to enhance your cocktail hour with an array of elegant appetizers, the French blonde cocktail pairs wonderfully with delicate hors d'oeuvres such as smoked salmon blinis, tomato bruschetta, or stuffed cherry peppers. And, because cheese is always a good idea, a platter featuring creamy brie, tangy goat cheese, and mature cheddar would be another wonderful accompaniment. The French blonde cocktail is a truly versatile choice for any occasion, with plenty of delicious foods complementing its subtle, sweet, and tart flavors.

Can you swap or omit the alcohol in this French blonde cocktail?

This French blonde gin cocktail can easily be customized by swapping out or omitting the alcohol entirely. To make a refreshing, non-alcoholic version of the cocktail, sub in an alcohol-free gin and switch the elderflower liqueur to an elderflower syrup. The syrup will add a sweet and fragrant touch to your cocktail without the alcohol content. The Lillet Blanc can also be omitted here; just use extra grapefruit juice in its place and double the lemon juice. This makes for a wonderfully citrusy and herbal mocktail that preserves the key flavors of the original.

If you're not a fan of gin or prefer a different spirit, feel free to experiment with substitutions. Vodka or white rum can be used as alternatives to gin, each bringing its own, unique taste. Adjusting the ratios of ingredients to suit your taste preferences is also no problem. If you prefer a stronger citrus flavor, increase the amount of grapefruit or lemon juice. Likewise, if you prefer a sweeter cocktail, add a touch more elderflower syrup or a splash of simple syrup.

You can also get creative with your garnishes to add some extra visual appeal to your cocktail. Try garnishing with grapefruit or lemon slices, fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary, or edible flowers for an elegant finishing touch.

French Blonde Gin Cocktail Recipe
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This elegant, floral cocktail is rumored to one of Taylor Swift's favorites, and you'll relish its delicately balanced flavors and herby undertones.
Prep Time
Cook Time
Two French Blonde cocktails in martini glasses
Total time: 5 minutes
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces Lillet Blanc
  • 2 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce gin
  • ½ ounce elderflower liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Optional Ingredients
  • 1 lemon twist, for garnish
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add all of the remaining ingredients to the shaker.
  3. Shake to combine.
  4. Strain into a glass.
  5. Serve, garnished with a lemon twist, if desired.
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