The Frenchie cocktail is an original recipe from Los Angeles bartender Somer Perez. To make this refreshing, three-part drink, she combines gin with St-Germain elderflower liqueur and fresh grapefruit juice.
Floral St-Germain, which is made in France from hand-picked elderflower blossoms, is a natural complement to gin’s strong, botanical base. The same can be said for grapefruit juice. The tart fruit works wonders with the juniper and citrus notes in gin—just look at the Salty Dog.
Different gins will produce slightly different versions of the drink. Something softer with a more modern flavor profile will take a backseat to the grapefruit and St-Germain, while a juniper-forward London dry gin will stand up tall in the cocktail. So, if you want to taste the gin, you can’t go wrong with a classic London dry.
With its gorgeous pink hue and easy-to-make recipe, the Frenchie is a prime candidate for parties, showers and other occasions, but those occasions don’t need to be relegated to the evening. The fresh grapefruit juice makes this cocktail a perfect accompaniment to breakfast and brunch. And, as we all know, there’s no better way to start your morning than with a tall glass of grapefruit juice ... spiked with gin.
2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce St-Germain
2 1/2 ounces grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed
Garnish: grapefruit wedge
Add the gin, St-Germain and grapefruit juice to a shaker with ice, and shake until well-chilled.
Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice.
Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.