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The French Connection

Boozy Refreshing French Connection Cocktail with Cognac

Each shot has its own tale to tell. I want to take this opportunity to present to you the French Connection, a classy beverage that dazzles with a velvety taste combination. This cocktail offers an amazing drinking experience by combining the sweet, almond-like taste of amaretto with the rich, deep notes of cognac. Because of its sophistication and simplicity, it’s a guest favorite and the ideal option for anyone wishing to dabble in the world of cocktails.

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Tasting Notes

The warmth of cognac and the sweet, nutty taste of amaretto are expertly balanced in The French Connection. The first sip hits your palate with a warm, velvety smoothness, and the aftertaste is sweet and pleasant. This is the kind of cocktail that’s best enjoyed slowly and decadently—almost like a warm hug.

Equipment and Glassware

You’ll need a strainer, a bar spoon, and a mixing glass for stirring The French Connection. This sophisticated cocktail’s vintage glassware accentuates its timeless appeal. Every sip seems unique because of the glassware’s minimalism, which accentuates the sophisticated nature of the beverage.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ ounces of cognac
  • ¾ ounce of amaretto

Instructions

  1. Fill your mixing glass with ice to chill it.
  2. Pour 1 ½ ounces of cognac and ¾ ounce of amaretto over the ice.
  3. Stir the mixture gently with a bar spoon for about 30 seconds to combine and chill the ingredients.
  4. Strain the cocktail into an old-fashioned glass.
  5. Optional: Add ice to the glass if desired.
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Pro Tips

  • To avoid overdilution, mix the drink with large ice cubes.
  • Pre-chill the vintage glass to prolong the coldness of your beverage.
  • To add a little fruitiness, consider garnishing with a cherry or an orange peel for a unique take.

When to Serve

The French Connection is a great beverage for social occasions in the evening or to have after dinner. Although its warmth and comforting overtones make it perfect for chilly times, its understated elegance and simplicity are welcome throughout the year. Serve it as a nightcap for small parties, or have it on your own.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

Because of their superior quality and smoothness, Hennessy or Rémy Martin are good options for cognac. Disaronno is a standout amaretto because it has a deep almond flavor without being excessively sweet. Selecting premium brands brings out the flavors of the beverage and creates an opulent experience with every sip.

Similar Cocktails

  • Amaretto Sour: A tangy twist with lemon juice and amaretto.
  • Godfather: A bold combination of scotch and amaretto.
  • Sidecar: A citrusy blend with cognac, triple sec, and lemon juice.
  • Brandy Alexander: A creamy mix of brandy, crème de cacao, and cream.
  • Old Fashioned: A classic cocktail that focuses on the whiskey, with simple syrup and bitters.

History

The French Connection, so titled for the well-known film of the same name, became well-known in the 1970s. Through a glass, it represents the fusion of Italian liqueur amaretto and French cognac, highlighting the shared cultural heritage of the two countries.

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Boozy Refreshing French Connection Cocktail with Cognac

The French Connection

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 4 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: amaretto, Cognac, french connection
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Enjoy the sophistication of The French Connection, a traditional cocktail that combines sweet amaretto with silky cognac to create an exquisite beverage.

Instructions

  • Fill your mixing glass with ice to chill it.
  • Pour 1 ½ ounces of cognac and ¾ ounce of amaretto over the ice.
  • Stir the mixture gently with a bar spoon for about 30 seconds to combine and chill the ingredients.
  • Strain the cocktail into an old-fashioned glass.
  • Optional: Add ice to the glass if desired.
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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