Bastille Day

Ooh La La: French Drinks to Try

Raise a glass to the French Revolution next Tuesday! From champagne to cognac, we’ve got you covered

There’s no better time to pop out the bubbly than Bastille Day. It’s a day dedicated to all things French including the start of the French Revoultion in 1789 (think along the lines of Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables).

It’s also a great day to try a new French-made alcohol. Take a look at our selection below. 

G.H. Mumm 

A symbol of elegance and prestige, G.H Mumm is France’s leading champagne brand. The Mumm family decend from a family of barons and knights dating back to the 12th century. They founded the champagne house in 1827 and have been making superb bubbly ever since. 

Try their G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge – a complex vintage blend of over 77 wines. 


This is one of the most sought after champagnes. It is know for its Belle Epoque, the world's number 3 prestige vintage. Over two centuries, only 7 Cellar Masters have succeeded one another to perpetuate the brands legacy.

Try their Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut – the first dry champagne created by a champagne house. It’s an aromatic, floral, chiseled wine with a sterling reputation. 


Pernod is the name for a type of liquor called ‘pastis’. It was commercialised by a French distiller called Henri-Louis Pend in 1805. It begun as a absinthe but since has hit the shelves as a 40 per cent ABV version, made with wormwood and bright green in colour. 


??Another pastis, Ricard is the world’s best-selling aniseed-based spirits, frequently drunk as a pre-dinner aperitif. Paul Ricard, created this drink in Marseilles in 1932 at the ripe age of 23. Enjoy Ricard in a Sazerac with whisky, sugar and bitters or with grenadine syrup and water. 


Dubonnet is a sweet, wine-based aperitif with 15 per cent ABV. It’s a blend of fortified wine, herbs and spices. It was first sold by Joseph Dubonnet in 1846 as a way of getting French Foreign Legionaries in North Africa to drink quinine – a bitter yet effective way to combat malaria. The beverage gained popularity in the ‘70s and is commonly drunk mixed with lemonade.

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was rather partial to the occasional gin and Dubonnet concoction, once noting before a trip: “I think that I will take two small bottles of Dubonnet and gin with me this morning, in case it is needed.” 

?Courvoisier VS Cognac

Legend has it that Napoleon visited the Courvoisier warehouses in 1811 and left with a few barrels of the French brandy. He shared it with the English officers on his ship, St. Helena, and they dubbed it “The Cognac of Napoleon.” 

It has a fruity, sharp cognac, perfect for mixing. 

De Valcourt Brandy 

This is a blend of the finest French brandies aged in oak cases for an intense smoothness. It features vanilla and plum aromas with a slight hint of spicy cloves. 

Kronenbourg 1664

Kronenbourg 1664 is the best selling French beer in the world. The brand was founded in 1664 in Strasbourg, France, by Geronimus Hatt – making it the fifth oldest beer brand in the world. 

Kronenbourg 1664 features golden highlights and a delicate bitterness that comes from selecting the best hops and combining them with the know-how of Brasseries Kronenbourg's master brewers for over 300 years. 


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