Paris-Inspired Cocktails

From the exuberant libations that came out of Paris in the roaring twenties (or les annees folles as they are known in France) to refined modern drinks such as a raspberry-cognac sparkler, we're in love with cocktails inspired by the City of Light.


The classic combination of champagne and orange juice—now a beloved brunch indulgence—was first popularized in Paris and London in the 1920s.Penny De Los Santos

Rose Cocktail

This rosy-hued cocktail was a popular drink in 1920s Paris.Maxime Iattoni

French 75

This cocktail of gin, brandy, and champagne was dubbed "French 75" after a World War I artillery piece.Anna Stockwell

Pepa (Cognac and Vodka Cocktail)

This rousing brandy and vodka cocktail is named for Pepa Bonafe, a 1920s French silent film star.Michael Kraus

The French Blonde

St. Germain elderflower liqueur, gin, and White Lillet are mixed with grapefruit juice in an ethereal citrus drink giving a touch of class to any evening.Helen Rosner

The French Connection

Inspired by Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, this cocktail combines cognac with fresh raspberries and sparkling white wine.MacKenzie Smith

The Lumiere

Herbal liqueurs St. Germain and green Chartreuse add a touch of otherworldly magic to this cocktail inspired by the film Hugo, set in 1930s Paris.MacKenzie Smith
La Grande Parade de Paris

La Grande Parade de Paris

Sweet and tangy, with the mild smokiness of pink peppercorns and the salty edge of black cured olives, this elaboration of a vodka martini is as grand and glamorous as the wide avenues of Paris.Todd Coleman

The Beauty Spot

Oscar-winning silent film The Artist lends understated sophistication to this original cocktail.MacKenzie Smith
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec cocktail

Tremblement de Terre (The Earthquake)

This intense potion is adapted from one served at parties by the French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.Ingalls Photography