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The French Blonde

About the French Blonde, it’s a cocktail that tastes good for its blend of flavors. Mixing elderflower liqueur with dry gin, Lillet Blanc, and fresh grapefruit juice, topped off with lemon bitters, creates a refreshingly delicious drink. It’s the balance of floral and citrus notes that makes it a favorite. The elderflower adds a subtle sweetness that complements the gin’s botanicals beautifully, while the grapefruit juice brings a vibrant acidity, making each sip a pure joy. For a drink that impresses, try this recipe.

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The French Blonde

Prep Time: 5 minutes
5 from 1 vote
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gin, Grapefruit, taylor swift cocktails
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
A cocktail rumored to be a favorite of Taylor Swift. This cocktail blends floral, citrus, and herbal notes for a refreshingly sophisticated drink.


  • 1 oz. Dry gin
  • 2 oz. Lillet Blanc
  • 1/2 oz. Elderflower liqueur e.g., St. Germain
  • 2 oz. Grapefruit juice
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • A few dashes of lemon bitters
  • Lemon Peel Garnish


  • Chill Your Glass:
  • Begin by chilling a cocktail glass. You can do this by filling it with ice water and setting it aside while you prepare the drink.
  • Mix Ingredients:
  • In a cocktail shaker, combine the elderflower liqueur, dry gin, Lillet Blanc, and fresh grapefruit juice.
  • Add Ice and Shake:
  • Add a generous amount of ice to the shaker.
  • Secure the lid and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds or until the outside of the shaker feels cold.
  • Prepare the Glass:
  • Discard the ice water from your now-chilled glass.
  • Add Bitters:
  • Add a few dashes of lemon bitters directly into the chilled glass. This will add a layer of complexity to your cocktail.
  • Strain and Serve:
  • Strain the mixture from the shaker into your prepared glass. Ensure you leave the ice behind in the shaker.
  • Garnish:
  • For an extra touch of elegance, consider garnishing with a twist of lemon peel or a thin slice of grapefruit.
  • Enjoy:
  • Your French Blonde is ready to be enjoyed. Sip and savor the harmonious blend of flavors.
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The French Blonde
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  1. 5 stars
    This drink is absolutely delicious! So balanced and refreshing. Had trouble finding lemon bitters in stock but the orange bitters work too! It is my new favorite cocktail. A must try!

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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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