French Blonde Cocktail Recipe

The popular French Blonde Cocktail Recipe is a gin cocktail recipe made with a tart balance of the grapefruit juice and floral flavors. A delicious cocktail made popular recently by Taylor Swift at restaurant Rye near Kansas City.

A glass of French Blonde Cocktail with a lemon twist sitting on a counter in front of flowers. Taylor Swift's favorite cocktail.

Why You Will Love This Cocktail

Also called a redheaded French blonde cocktail, this gin cocktail gets is beautiful pink color and tart flavors from pink grapefruit juice and is balanced with crisp lillet blanc, st-germain elderflower liqueur, and dash of lemon bitters.

Now known as Taylor Swift’s favorite cocktail this is a perfect drink to make for happy hour and girls night.

The Eras tour performer brought attention to this classic cocktail which is now resurging in popularity.

This cocktail is perfect for special occasions, brunches, or any celebration where you want to impress your guests with a sophisticated and refreshing drink option.

Looking down on a pink French Blonde Cocktail in a coupe glass.


Full quantities and recipe details can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Dry Gin – if you are not a fan of gin, vodka would also work

Elderflower Liqueur – the common brand of this is St. Germaine. The choice of elderflower liqueur can greatly impact the flavor of the cocktail. St-Germain is a popular and widely available option, known for its delicate floral aroma and sweet flavor.

Lillet Blanc – a French apéritif wine that smells of citrus. A French aperitif wine is typically served on its own before eating food and has a slightly bitter taste, which makes this French aperitif lillet blanc perfect to pair with the sweet and tart flavors in a floral French blonde cocktail recipe,

Grapefruit Juice – fresh grapefruit juice is best if you have it but bottled tastes great as well

Lemon Bitters – bitters is great at adding a touch of balance to the cocktail. Grapefruit or orange bitters could also work.

Lemon Twist – a piece of lemon rind twisted and placed on the glass rim to give a smell of bright citrus and release subtle lemon oils. You could also add a splash of lemon juice if you want to brighten up the drink a little.

Optional – edible flowers and/or a fresh herb like rosemary for garnish

With the floral flavors, pink grapefruit juice, and refreshing fruitiness of this cocktail, it is perfect for warmer months.

St. Germain elderflower liqueur is on the sweeter side. You can add more for a sweeter cocktail.

A shaker pouring the French Blonde Cocktail into a coupe glass.

Making the Cocktail

No special equipment is needed. All you need is a cocktail shaker and a jigger for measuring. You could also use a glass instead of a shaker, and measuring spoons instead of a jigger.

Put all of the liquids for this French redhead cocktail in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake until very cold, at least 30 seconds.

Strain the dry gin mixture into your glass.

Serve in a coupe glass or martini glass.

Garnish with a lemon twist or lemon slices. Fresh herbs like a rosemary sprig is also a common garnish. Edible flowers would also be a beautiful touch!

A closer view of a French Blonde Cocktail in front of flowers.


What is a French blonde drink made of?

The French Blonde cocktail is made of elderflower liqueur, lillet blanc, gin, grapefruit juice, and bitters.

What does a French blonde taste like?

A French Blonde tastes primarily of grapefruit citrus with a subtle sweetness.

What is Lillet Blanc?

Lillet Blanc is a French aperitif wine. It smells of citrus.

Picture of a French Blonde Cocktail in front of flowers on a white table.
Pin of a pink French Blonde Cocktail with title. Taylor Swift's favorite cocktail, made of gin and grapefruit.

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French Blonde Cocktail Recipe

The French Blonde Cocktail Recipe is a citrus and floral alcoholic drink recipe made with gin, grapefruit juice, lillet blanc, and St Germaine elderflower. Taylor Swift's favorite cocktail.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktail
Cuisine French
Servings 1 drink


  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Ice


  • 1 ounce gin
  • 2 ounces lillet blanc
  • 2 ounces grapefruit juice
  • ¾ ounce elderflower liqueur
  • 3 dashes lemon bitters or other citrus bitters
  • lemon peel for garnish
  • rosemary sprig or edible flowers, for garnish, optional


  • Put the liquids in a shaker with a scoop of ice.
  • Shake until very cold, approximately 30 seconds.
  • Strain into a coupe or martini glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist, rosemary, and/or edible flowers.


The color of your grapefruit juice will dictate the color of your cocktail. 
Keyword Citrus, Floral, Gin

2 thoughts on “French Blonde Cocktail Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    I served this cocktail at happy hour and everyone enjoyed it. We especially enjoyed the addition of the elderflower liqueur! Cheers

  2. 5 stars
    A perfect drink for any social gatherings and some alone time for yourself. The flavors are immaculate, it is the one that i;ve been looking for it is worth it!


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