Bastille Day - or le quatorze juillet (14th July), as it's often more expediently known in modern France. In honor of the occasion, a friend asked me if I could design a cocktail and call it The Jacobin after the powerful French Revolution-era club. She wanted it to be something strong - and tinged with red. Here's what I came up with... Using an old-time American cocktail, the Bronx (gin, red vermouth, white vermouth, orange juice), as a basic template, I made a few adjustments. I changed the proportions of the recipe slightly, amping up the gin a little from the formula I'd been using and subbing in blood orange juice for the regular stuff in order to give the drink a crimson tinge. I also suggested using all French brands for the liquor - but of course this is just for thematic effect. The Jacobin makes one cocktail 1 1/2 ounces gin (Citadelle) 1/2 ounce red vermouth (Noilly Prat) 1/2 ounce white vermouth (Noilly Prat) 1/2 ounce blood orange juice optional garnish: orange twist laced through a sword-shaped cocktail skewer Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. SOME OTHER IDEAS If you're looking for other Bastille Day beverage ideas, here are a few French-themed drinks from our archives:
- Champagne cocktails
- ...and of course a nice glass of French wine or champagne always hits the spot.