Bastille Day Cocktails

Fête the French holiday in style with these sophisticated summer sippers.


If you didn't get your fill of July 4th celebrations, consider France's version of Independence Day another opportunity to imbibe. July 14 commemorates the storming of Bastille, a major revolt that kicked off the French Revolution in 1789.

This Bastille Day offers a chance to enjoy simple, sophisticated cocktails using French liqueurs.

One such spirit to try is Lillet, an aperitif from Bordeaux. This summer, it launched a collectable, limited-edition bottle (pictured). It features a tres chic Art Deco-inspired label designed by Brooklyn-based illustrator Autumn Whitehurst,.

Pernod, the anise-flavored liqueur, is another French favorite, known for giving an herbaceous boost to warm-weather tipples. Here are a few recipes to get your party started--no beret required.

Pernod French Kiss      

1 part Pernod                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 parts orange juice
1 dash grenadine
Mix Pernod and orange juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Add grenadine and allow it to settle at the bottom.

La Rousse 

2 ounce Lillet Blanc
1 ounce Lillet Rouge
¾ ounce simple syrup
1 dash orange bitters
2 ounce club soda
1 ounce tonic water
Add ingredients, shake and double strain up into a chilled glass. Garnish with orange twist or peel.

The Muse  

1 ½  ounce Lillet Blanc
¾ ounce Hendrick’s Gin
¾ ounce Yellow Chartreuse
½ ounce lime juice
½ ounce simple syrup
3 cucumber slices
3 mint leaves
Muddle cucumber, mint and simple syrup in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add other ingredients to shaker, build cocktail over ice in Collins glass and stir to combine. Garnish with a cucumber slice and mint leaf.

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