Summer is well on its way and we're ready to indulge in the cooling refreshment of a classic, French-Inspired cocktail.
Inspired by enchanting summer evenings in the South of France, we've curated four delicious recipes, each with their own nod to our lustrous Lumière Shimmer Oils, so you can glow like a FRENCH GIRL while sipping on a new favorite.
Don’t forget – post your French Girl summer cocktail on Instagram and tag @frenchgirlorganics and #FrenchGirlHappyHour for a chance to be featured on our page. Santé!
Lumière Caramel’s dessert-like tawny hue drove French Girl to find a cocktail as beautifully decadent. Named to mirror our gorgeous shimmer oil, The Beauty Spot, inspired by the recent French classic film The Artist, was created by Nitehawk Cinema’s Beverage Director Jen Marshall to be as timeless as it is original. High-quality gin is mellowed by the flavors of sweet red vermouth and herbal green chartreuse, making The Beauty Spot a smooth and refreshing summer cocktail.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (makes 1)
2 oz. Gin
1 oz. Sweet Red Vermouth
1⁄2 oz. Green Chartreuse
Cocktail Shaker or Mixing Glass
Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker or large mixing glass.
Stir the mixture thoroughly, until glass begins to chill and condensation appears on the outside.
Strain mixture into a coupe glass and garnish with an orange twist.
Taking its cue from the light, pearlescent glow of our Lumière Moonlight Shimmer Oil, we’ve put together a delicious recipe based on the classic, aptly-named French cocktail: The Lumière. A bright and lively spirit, the Lumière is traditionally crafted with high-quality gin and balanced by the refreshing botanical flavors of Green Chartreuse, a classic French liqueur made from over 130 herbs by Carthusian Monks, and St. Germain, a delicious Elderflower liqueur. Fresh lime juice and a dash of orange bitters finish off this refreshing summer cocktail.WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (makes 1)
1 1⁄2 oz. Gin
1 oz. elderflower liqueur, like St. Germain
3⁄4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
3⁄4 oz. Green Chartreuse
Dash of Orange Bitters
Cocktail Shaker or Mixing Glass
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker or large mixing glass filled with ice. Stir thoroughly, until glass begins to chill and condensation appears on the outside.
Strain the mixture into a coupe glass and garnish with a twist of lime.
OPTIONAL: For an extra sparkling cocktail reminiscent of the glittering Moonlight Shimmer Oil, top off with Champagne or Sparkling Wine. Enjoy!
Inspired by the stunning pink hue of Lumière Rose Dorée, French Girl has taken the classic French 75 (also called Soixante Quinze) and put our own rosy spin on its ingredients. While still sporting the same refreshingly effervescent citrus profile, French Girl founder + Creative Director Kristeen likes to add an extra floral punch by infusing organic rose petals in local Seattle-made gin. A bit of orange liqueur in place of simple syrup rounds out the flavors and adds sweetness. To top off this seductive cocktail, a few dashes of rosewater plus pink-tinged Crémant – a dry, sparkling rosé – stands in for the traditional Champagne. Et voilà!WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (makes 2)
2 oz. Rose-Infused Gin (recipe below)
1 oz. Orange Liqueur (Cointreau, Combier, or Triple Sec)
1/2 tsp. Rosewater
1 oz. Organic Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
Crémant (Brut Rosé, preferably, with Pink Prosecco or Cava as a substitute), chilled
Organic Rose Petals for garnish (Non-sprayed roses only)
STEP ONE: Pour all ingredients, with the exception of the Crémant, into a cocktail shaker or large mixing glass filled with ice. Cover with lid and shake (or stir) thoroughly until chilled, about 20-30 seconds. Strain into 2 Champagne glasses (this will fill the glasses about halfway).
Top off each glass with Crémant and garnish with a few rose petals (which are edible, as well). Happy Mixing, French Girls!
The deep golden bronze of Lumière Bronzée reminded French Girl of one our favorite classic Parisian cocktails: The Boulevardier. Dating back to the 1920’s, the Boulevardier is a cocktail as bold and classic as the French Girl herself: sweet, bitter, and smooth, perfectly balancing the full flavor of bourbon with sweet vermouth and Campari. The robust flavor profile of the Boulevardier can range from spicy to sweet to smoky depending on the whiskey used, so pick your favorite high-quality spirit and sip away the summer months like a true French Girl.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (makes 1)1 1⁄2 oz. Whiskey (We prefer Maker’s Mark Bourbon)
STEP ONE: Chill a coupe cocktail glass by filling the glass with ice or placing it in the freezer for about 5 minutes.
STEP TWO: Pour all of the ingredients into a mixing glass or shaker 2/3 full of ice. Stir the mixture until chilled.