4 French Cocktails (and a Rob Roy!) to Celebrate Season 2 of Outlander

4 French Cocktails (and a Rob Roy!) to Celebrate Season 2 of Outlander

Apr 4, 2016
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If you're like us, then the first season of the Starz hit series Outlander – set in the Jacobite Scottish highlands – had you stocking your bar carts with scotch whisk(e)y and obsessing over all things tartan.

This season (which premiers on April 9th), the series takes us inside the palaces & inns of 18th-century Paris, brimming with lavish parties, formal feasts and elegant silk couture. As Claire and Jamie Fraser leave Scotland to go undercover in Paris, Season 2 promises grand champagne toasts and cloak-and-dagger political maneuverings. Luckily, just like Claire, we all can be transported to a land far from home and fake it in 18th-Century France with these delicious French cocktails.

Revenge is as sweet as a French Martini. Pour a drink and plot your return to the throne like Prince Charles Stuart.

The French Martini

Yields 1 Drink

1 1/2 ounces Chambord flavored vodka
1/2 ounce Chambord Liqueur
2 ounces pineapple juice
Fresh raspberries for garnish

Add the vodka, Chambord and pineapple juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until well-chilled and strain into a petite martini glass. Garnish with raspberries.

Looking for a new, sophisticated cocktail? The Sidecar is as refreshing as Jamie's new start and mission in France.

The Sidecar

Yields 1 Drink

1/2 ounces Cognac or Armagnac, or bourbon
1 ounce Cointreau or triple sec orange liqueur
1/2 ounce lemon juice
Lemon twist for garnish
Sugar for rimmer (optional)

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist. If desired, rim the glass with sugar to add a nice contrast to the sour drink.

Like Claire Fraser, the Kir Royale is a little sweet, delightfully sparkling, and stronger than it looks.

The Kir Royale

Yields 1 Drink

1/2 ounce creme de cassis
5 to 6 ounces champagne, chilled
Lemon twist for garnish

Simply add creme de cassis to champagne flute and top with your choice of bubbly.

This classic cocktail is balanced with both tartness and sweetness, and, like King Louis XV, is popular with the ladies.

The French 75

Serves 4

60ml Gin
30ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice
30ml Sugar stock
Champagne or Sparkling Wine

Mix gin, lemon juice and sugar stock together. Shake in a cocktail shaker with ice and then strain equal amounts into the bottom of four flute glasses. Top with chilled champagne or sparkling wine.

Is your heart, like Jamie's, still back in the Highlands? We recommend the classic Rob Roy, a bracing Scotch cocktail named for a Scottish folk hero who lived just a generation or so before the Outlander action takes place.

The Rob Roy

Yields 1 Drink

2 ounces of Blended Scotch Whiskey
1 ounce sweet vermouth
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
1 lemon peel, for garnish

In a shaker filled with ice, add the Scotch whiskey, the sweet vermouth and the bitters. Stir to chill. Strain into a martini glass (or an equally alluring vessel) and top with a lemon peel.

Recipe Notes: Feel free to substitute orange bitters for the Angostura and an orange peel in place of the lemon. It's equally as delicious.

Don't drink all these on an empty stomach – turn your cocktail premiere party into a full Outlander dinner party with this planning guide!
Check out the trailer for Season Two:

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