What is the French Connection?
The French connection cocktail is an alcoholic beverage, made with cognac and amaretto, usually served after dinner or as a nightcap. It is meant to be sipped slowly as the combination of cognac and amaretto make it considerably strong.
Although it is one of the easiest cocktails to make, it is also one of the most sophisticated. It is made of: 50% Cognac, 50% Amaretto, for a stylish slow-sipper.
The French Connection is featured on the IBA’s (International Bartender Association) Official Cocktail List.
Where does this cocktail come from?
There is no recorded history of the French connection cocktail although the concoction was extremely popular in the 1970s. The drink is today witnessing a revival as a popular nightcap.
The French Connection was named after the 1971 movie starring Gene Hackman interpreting the awesome ‘Popeye Doyle’ in a true crime drama that became one of the most iconic movies of the 70’s. As
The French Connection is similar to the Godfather, another ’70s cocktail named after a famous movie. The only difference between the two is the base spirit. Instead of cognac, the Godfather is made of whisk(e)y or scotch, and sometimes bourbon. Both cocktails became popular after-dinner drinks upon their debuts, offering the one-two punch of strong spirit with sweet liqueur that tastes particularly good after a meal.
How to prepare and taste the perfect French Connection?
The French Connection combines cognac and amaretto—a sweet Italian liqueur made from almonds and stone-fruit pits—in an ostensibly simple duo that tastes more complex than the recipe indicates. Cognac provides a bright and fruity base that harmonizes seamlessly with the amaretto liqueur’s trademark fruit and almond notes, creating a delicious fairly sweet cocktail.
This recipe pairs one ounce of cognac with one ounce of amaretto, but of course, feel free to experiment and see which ratio you like best. The most accepted form of preparing the French connection cocktail is to pour the cognac slowly over a glass filled with ice and then top it up with the almond flavored amaretto. The resultant mixture is meant to be swirled slowly instead of being vigorously shaken together.
Serve it chilled and enjoy.
The French Connection by CAMUS
We twisted the recipe with our own products in order to make it a tastier French Connection Cocktail. We chose to mix our cognac CAMUS Ile de Ré Fine Island, an island Cognac with a bold personality, naturally iodine-rich, with a lively dry and subtly oaked palate; and Amaretto ADRIATICO, the amaretto crafted with handpicked Italian almonds, carefully roasted and distilled.
After many experiments, this is the very best combinaison we were able to create thanks to two exceptional products. Amaretto ADRIATICO’s recipe includes a pinch of sea salt which matches perfectly with the fresh, marine notes of CAMUS Ile de Ré Fine Island.
Time for tasting!
Would you like to taste this fabulous cocktail? We created for you an all-inclusive kit to create the perfect French Connection at home.
To offer an all-inclusive experience with this kit, we include a bottle of CAMUS Ile de Ré Fine Island, a bottle of Amaretto ADRIATICO, a tumbler and a cocktail spoon. The only ingredient you will need to add is ice.
To celebrate the launch, we offer an exceptional discount on the kit : 60€ instead of 69€. Only on www.camus.fr.