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French Connection

The French Connection cocktail is a simple yet sophisticated libation that combines the rich flavors of cognac with the smooth sweetness of amaretto liqueur. Originating in the late 20th century, its exact origins are unclear, but it gained popularity as a chic and indulgent cocktail choice.


Ingredients and Tools:

  • 45 ml (1 1/2 oz) cognac

  • 45 ml (1 1/2 oz) amaretto liqueur

  • Ice cubes

  • Mixing glass

  • Stirring spoon

  • Jigger

  • Old-fashioned glass

Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes.

  2. Measure and pour 45 ml (1 1/2 oz) of cognac into the glass.

  3. Add 45 ml (1 1/2 oz) of amaretto liqueur to the glass.

  4. Stir gently with a stirring spoon to combine the ingredients.

  5. Optionally, garnish with a lemon twist or orange peel.

Flavor Profile:

The French Connection cocktail offers a luxurious blend of flavors, with the boldness of cognac balanced by the smooth sweetness of amaretto liqueur. It's a refined and indulgent drink that's perfect for sipping on special occasions.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Choosing Cognac: Selecting the right cognac is essential for a perfect French Connection cocktail. Opt for a high-quality, aged cognac with rich, complex flavors.

  • Amaretto Selection: Not all amaretto liqueurs are created equal. Experiment with different brands to find one that suits your taste preferences and complements the cognac well.

  • Ice Quality: Use fresh, high-quality ice cubes to ensure they don't dilute the drink too quickly. Large ice cubes are preferable as they melt more slowly.

  • Glassware Choice: While the French Connection is traditionally served in an old-fashioned glass, feel free to experiment with different glassware options to enhance the drinking experience.

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