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French-Inspired Cocktails for a Bastille Day Toast

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Scott Phillips

Not that we need an excuse to indulge in summery French food and cocktails, but Bastille Day (France’s answer to Independence Day) makes the perfect one. These cocktails are all authentic French aperitifs or else based on famous French spirits. A votre santé!

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    The Boulevardier

    This concoction of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Campari was supposedly created by a quintessential American in Paris, Erskine Gwynne, who also founded a magazine of the same name in the 1920s.

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    Martini Marseillaise

    Throwing a Bastille Day party? Serve a round of these Francophile martinis.

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    Lapostolle

    This festive cocktail, from the chief mixologist at The Drawing Room in Chicago, is named after Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle, the creator of Grand Marnier in 1880.

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    The Moulin Rouge

    The flavors of the framboise in this cocktail are played up with the crushed raspberry-rimmed glasses, and balanced by floral St. Germain and bittersweet Chartreuse.

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    Kir Royale

    This festive cocktail is a popular aperitif in France. A classic kir consists of white wine and crème de cassis (black currant liqueur). Replace the wine with Champagne, and it becomes a kir royale.

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    La Pomme Rouge

    Two French classics—Calvados (French apple brandy) and Lillet Rouge (an apéritif wine)—are shaken over ice with lemon and topped with chilled sparkling wine, for an easy, nuanced cocktail that reads extra elegant if you have some vintage coupe glasses lying around.

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    St-Germain Sunset

    This cocktail’s sweet floral-pear flavor comes from St-Germain elderflower liqueur, while Campari gives it its beautiful blush.

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