France is home to some of the world’s favourite food and beverages, with amazing non-alcoholic and alcoholic French drinks to sample. From famous French wines to cocktails and Champagne, these are the drinks you simply have to try.
If you can’t visit here right now, you can still learn more about how the must-try coffee styles, tea, sodas or what cocktails locals are ordering in bars – and maybe even try making some of these authentic tipples at home!
Popular French Drinks
1. Café Au Lait
This French version of coffee and warmed milk is mostly made with brewed coffee, traditionally using the French press.
It will usually have equal amounts of both coffee and milk, and it does not have any foam on top, unlike caffè latte. It’s the perfect comforting coffee for the morning time.
Fact: Champagne can only be called Champagne if it comes from the actual Champagne region in France.
It is produced using the so-called méthode Champenoise; the secondary fermentation is done in the bottle with the addition of yeast and rock sugar, made from the traditional blends of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, all of which are indigenous to the Champagne region.
Pastis is a spirit that’s a blend of herbs and spices such as star anise and licorice root. This distinctive flavour is similar to sambuca (Italy) or ouzu (Greece). Typically drunk as an apéritif and served on the rocks and diluted with water.
It’s most popular in the southeast of France, especially in the city of Marseille.
This classic French brandy is distilled from grapes in order to produce eau-de-vie, which is then aged and blended to make cognac.
Because of its AOC status, the production methods require to meet certain legal requirements. Among the specified grapes, it must be twice distilled in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in French oak barrels from Limousin or Tronçais.
This seasonal drink is usually drank during winter holidays and is popular at Christmas markets.
This mulled wine is hot – you can choose from a white or a red vin chaud. The red can be a little harsher than the white, with the white normally a little sweeter. Many vin chaud have flavours of citrus and specialty herbs like star anise and cinnamon.
Recipe is by Sweet C’s.
This classic breakfast/brunch cocktail is simply fresh orange juice and Champagne or any dry sparkling wine. You can also add Grand Marnier or bitters in order to elevate the flavours to an even tastier level!
To make it, pour orange juice into a champagne flute, and then top it with Champagne or sparkling wine.
Recipe is by Gimme Some Oven.
Originating from Bordeaux, this classic French drink combines fresh milk from Lot-et-Garonne, cocoa, and sugar.
Apart from the original flavour, Cacolac also comes in hazelnut-praline and caramel variety. Nowadays, it is widely available throughout the country.