After-dinner cocktails are a classy way to round off an evening with friends, and the French Connection cocktail is one of the easiest drinks you could make. The truly awesome thing about this two-ingredient cocktail is that the combination of cognac and amaretto makes a far more nuanced and intricate drink than its simple assembly suggests.
The cocktail first made its way onto drinks menus in the early 1970s, when a movie with the same name hit the silver screen. Starring the enigmatic Gene Hackman, French Connection was a decade-defining action film loosely based on real events and is perhaps best known for its epic chase scene. Gene Hackman’s performance ultimately won him Academy Award, and the movie walked away with Oscars for best picture, direction, screenplay, and editing.
The French Connection cocktail received a similarly warm welcome and remained a firm bar-side favorite for the better part of a decade. Since then, there has been a bit of a lull in its pop appeal, but now liqueur-plus-spirit drinks are trending again, and we believe the French Connection is due for a revival!