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The cocktail that’s going viral thanks to Taylor Swift

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According to Page Six and The Washington Post, everyone’s favourite it girl, Taylor Swift, was spied at Rye restaurant in Leawood, Kansas, on a girls’ night out ordering her alleged new “favourite cocktail”.

Said cocktail, the French Blonde – combination of gin, the French aperitif Lillet, St. Germain elderflower liqueur and grapefruit juice – has gone viral worldwide.

While the drink has reportedly been around since the 1902 – invented by a Parisian bartender, so they say – it first appeared in Saveur magazine in 2011, and is not commonplace on most on-premise cocktail lists.

So now is the perfect moment to add it to yours.

Here’s what you need:

Dry Gin (30ml): Meaning there’s no added (artificial) flavouring – all the flavours come from the botanicals.

Elderflower Liqueur (15ml): Made from white elderflowers, elderflower liqueur brings a floral, fruity taste to drinks.

Lillet Blanc (60ml): Pronounced lee-lay, this is French aromatised white wine infused with fruits, herbs and other botanicals.

Fresh grapefruit juice (60ml) and a few dashes of lemon bitters.


  • Fill a coupe glass with ice and set aside.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all the ingredients.
  • Shake for at least 30 seconds.
  • Tip out the ice and any remaining water from the coupe glass and the strain the cocktail in.
  • Gently twist lemon peel over the top and serve!

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