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

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(Image credit: Starz)
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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.

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The French Martini

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces

    Chambord flavored vodka

  • 1/2 ounce

    Chambord Liqueur

  • 2 ounces

    pineapple juice

  • Fresh raspberries for garnish

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Instructions

  1. 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.

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The Sidecar

MakesYields 1 Drink

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ounces

    Cognac or Armagnac, or bourbon

  • 1 ounce

    Cointreau or triple sec orange liqueurb

  • 1/2 ounce

    lemon juice

  • Lemon twist for garnish

  • Sugar for rimmer (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 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.

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The Kir Royale

MakesYields 1 Drink

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ounce

    creme de cassis

  • 5 to 6 ounces

    champagne, chilled

  • Lemon twist for garnish

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Instructions

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

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The French 75

ServesServes 4

Ingredients

  • 60 ml

    gin

  • 30 ml

    Freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 30 ml

    Sugar stock

  • Champagne or Sparkling Wine

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Instructions

  1. 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.

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The Rob Roy

MakesYields 1 Drink

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces

    of Blended Scotch Whiskey

  • 1 ounce

    sweet vermouth

  • 2 dashes

    of Angostura bitters

  • 1

    lemon peel, for garnish

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Instructions

  1. 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.