French Blonde Cocktail

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Two French Blonde Cocktails with fresh grapefruit garnish

The French Blonde Cocktail recipe is a lot like a striking, yet mysterious, fair-haired woman who steps into a room with a sweet smile, smelling of oranges and then… promptly disappears – leaving onlookers to wonder if they imagined this beautiful vision who nevertheless left a lingering presence that sparkles with inexplicable joy… 

Okay, so we might have stepped into overly poetic territory there, but the French Blonde Cocktail will do that to you. See, this beguiling citrus-based drink has no clear origin. It’s a classic cocktail with a retro name, so you’d imagine that someone would have laid claim to it by now, but no dice – its history remains shrouded in mystery even as its popularity soars. 



What puts this amazing drink over the top is if you squeeze the grapefruit and lemon juice yourself


If you love a little sparkle in your life, make this drink your own by adding some bubbles


Make the drink your own by using a different liqueur, like orange or blackberry!



1 Person

30 Ml

1 Oz

1 Parts

30 Ml

1 Oz

1 Parts

Elderflower liqueur
60 Ml

2 Oz

2 Parts

Grapefruit juice
Teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Dash of bitters
Fresh grapefruit slices to garnish



In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the grapefruit juice, vodka, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice and bitters, and shake well


Strain into a chilled serving glass


Garnish with a grapefruit slice, and serve

Top tips to make the perfect French Blonde cocktail

Squeeze the juice yourself, mon amour

Shop-bought juice will also get the job done, but there is just something marvellous about the freshness of freshly-squeezed citrus juice that adds brightness to a cocktail like you would not believe.  Just remember to run the juice through a fine-mesh strainer or squeeze it through a muslin cloth before you make your cocktail to ensure that you catch any fibres that might remain.  

Add some sparkle!

You can either charge the drink with some club soda, which will bring the ABV down as well, or you could push out the boat and add a little Champagne for some extra pizzazz. 

How to serve the French Blonde cocktail

Our gorgeous French Blonde drink is best poured in a chilled glass, a tumbler will do but choose a flute if you’re topping it up with soda water or sparkling water. If you’ve chosen a flute keep your garnish delicate, thin slices of lemon and grapefruit, quartered are perfect. 

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The French Blonde cocktail is a drink that features SKYY Vodka, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and bitters as ingredients.  

The term 'blonde' is used in different ways as it pertains to different drinks. In terms of coffee, a blonde drink (such as a latte or cappuccino) refers to a hot beverage that was made using beans that are lighter roasted than conventional coffee beans. When it comes to cocktails, the term 'blonde' is often part of a colloquial name that is given to a particular mixed drink, such as the French Blonde Cocktail.