French Connection Cocktail


Updated: 12/28/23

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The French Connection, born in the early 1970s, draws its name from the iconic 1971 film starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, and Fernando Rey.

At first glance, the recipe for the French Connection seems deceptively simple. A duo of Cognac and Amaretto creates the foundation for this cocktail. The former, a luxurious French brandy, imparts depth and warmth, while the latter, an Italian liqueur crafted from almonds and apricot kernels, adds a sweet and nutty complexity. Together, they form a union that transcends the sum of its parts.

Cognac, often hailed as the “liquor of the gods” brings a distinctive character to the French Connection. Produced in the Cognac region of France, this brandy undergoes meticulous distillation and aging processes, resulting in a spirit that boasts nuanced flavors of oak, vanilla, and dried fruit. The choice of Cognac elevates the cocktail, providing a robust foundation that balances the sweetness of the Amaretto.

Amaretto, on the other hand, introduces a layer of sweetness derived from the essence of almonds and apricot kernels. The liqueur’s origins trace back to Italy, where its name translates to “a little bitter.” However, there’s nothing bitter about the French Connection; instead, Amaretto lends a luscious sweetness that complements the Cognac’s depth. The combination of these two spirits creates a drink that has a smooth texture with each sip revealing a new facet of this intriguing cocktail.

What sets the French Connection apart is its uncanny ability to appear uncomplicated while offering a complexity that surprises and delights. The synergy of the ingredients unfolds gradually, making it a drink that encourages contemplation. As the flavors mingle and evolve, one discovers the layers of sophistication hidden within this seemingly straightforward blend.

Interestingly, the French Connection shares a cinematic connection with another ’70s cocktail classic – the Godfather. Both cocktails derive their names from iconic films of the era, but the point of departure lies in the base spirit. While the Godfather relies on whiskey, typically Scotch, the French Connection opts for the velvety embrace of Cognac. This nuanced difference in base spirits transforms the character of each cocktail, offering enthusiasts a choice between the peaty allure of Scotch and the fruity richness of Cognac.

French Connection Recipe

  1. 45 ml cognac

  2. 22.5 ml amaretto liqueur

  3. Ice

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How to Make a French Connection

  1. Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice, and add the cognac and amaretto liqueur.

  2. Stir gently to combine the ingredients.

  3. Serve.

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