If you’re a dedicated fan of Taylor Swift, you probably already know that her classic drink of choice is vodka with Diet Coke. But that doesn’t mean the pop star doesn’t have a go-to cocktail that's a little more elevated—and her latest girl’s night out gave us a new order to try. Rye restaurant in Kansas City reported at the beginning of January that when she's getting drinks, she usually goes for a French Blonde cocktail.
Fresh, lightly sweet, and not overly strong, this drink combines grapefruit juice, elderflower liqueur (typically St-Germain), Lillet Blanc, gin, and a bit of lemon bitters. You can also garnish it with a lemon peel on top or added to the side of the glass.
«I love a French Blonde! Mainly because I love almost anything with Lillet Blanc,» says Juli Hale, Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen senior brand manager. «My all-time favorite cocktail is a Corpse Reviver #2, and that uses Lillet Blanc, so I started looking for other cocktails that call for it. You can also sip Lillet Blanc straight with an orange wedge. And the St. Germain? There's a reason it's called bartender's duct tape. The lightly sweet and floral liqueur fixes almost anything.
»All in all, this is an easy-to-make and very elegant cocktail. You will get why Taylor loves it."
Lillet Blanc is a French aperitif (hence the name) that primarily has citrus and honey notes. It’s only slightly stronger than a typical wine, so it doesn’t overpower the rest of the cocktail—even with the added gin, which some recipes deem it optional. It’s a fun, floral drink that makes an ideal cocktail for a night out (or in).
If you’re planning out a menu for any upcoming holiday parties, a French Blonde has a romantic feel that's perfect for a Valentine's or