French Connection

French Connection is a cocktail made of equal parts of cognac and Amaretto liqueur. Its name and ingredients are inspired by the Franco-American partnership during World War II.

French Connection recipe

  • 3.5cl Cognac
  • 3.5cl Amaretto liqueur

Pour all ingredients directly into old fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Stir gently.

Directions for how to make the French Connection

  1. Prepare an Old Fashioned glass by filling it with ice cubes.
  2. Measure and pour 3.5cl of Cognac into the glass.
  3. Measure and pour 3.5cl of Amaretto liqueur into the glass.
  4. Stir the ingredients gently with a cocktail spoon to combine.
  5. Serve and enjoy your French Connection drink.

Tips for how to make the perfect French Connection

  • Chill all the ingredients before making the cocktail. This will ensure the drink is cold and refreshing.

  • Use a good-quality cognac and amaretto to make the French Connection. These two ingredients are the backbone of the drink, so it’s important to use the best you can find.

  • Stir the cocktail gently to combine the ingredients. Over-stirring can dilute the drink and ruin the balance of flavors.

  • Serve the French Connection in a chilled glass with a large ice cube. This will help to keep the drink cold without watering it down too quickly.

  • Garnish the cocktail with a twist of orange peel to add a bright citrus flavor to the drink. Simply twist a small piece of orange peel over the top of the cocktail and drop it into the glass.

Alcohol-free alternative to the French Connection

One alcohol-free alternative to the French Connection could be the “French Berry Delight”. This drink can be made by mixing 2 parts cranberry juice, 1 part raspberry syrup, and 1 part orange juice. Shake the mixture with ice and strain into a martini or rocks glass. Garnish with a slice of orange or a raspberry and enjoy your fruity and refreshing French Berry Delight.

French Connection fun facts

  1. The French Connection is a cocktail made with equal parts Cognac and Amaretto, over ice.
  2. It is named after the 1971 crime movie “The French Connection”, which featured characters drinking the cocktail.
  3. The cocktail has a very sweet and nutty taste, due to the combination of the almond-flavored liqueur and the brandy-based Cognac.
  4. The French Connection has been popular since the 1970s, and is often served as an after-dinner drink or digestif.
  5. Other variations of the French Connection include adding cream or swapping the Cognac for whiskey.