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What to Drink on Bastille Day

Bastille Dayla fête nationale, le quatorze juillet – is France’s national holiday and an occasion to indulge in a little French tipple. Whether it’s an apéro, a cocktail, a wine or digestif, we have it all covered in our drinks guide to Bastille Day.

Last year, we brought you what to eat on Bastille Day, a selection of authentic dishes to enjoy if you’re hosting a party, celebrating at home or ordering in French restaurants. Here are the top picks for what to drink on Bastille Day.

Lillet Vive

Lillet Vive (middle)

A light and spritzy drink that goes well as an aperitif, Lillet Vive is made with Lillet Blanc, a blend of Muscatelle, Sémillon, and Sauvignon Blanc grapes, with oranges and quinine and aged in oak casks. In a wine glass, add 50 ml of Lillet Blanc and top with 100ml of sparkling water or tonic. Add a slice of cucumber, a strawberry and a sprig of mint. The drink is summery and fresh and makes for great sipping in the afternoon.


What to Drink on Bastille Day

For a taste of Provence, you can’t go past Pastis de Marseille. The aperitif is easy to make. Add one shot of Pastis which has a strong aniseed taste, top with water to your taste, ice and stir. The first sip is guaranteed to transport you back to sunny Provence.

Pernod Absinthe Green Beast

Pernod Absinthe - Charles Vexenat
Pernod Absinthe Green Beast

If you’re entertaining guests and would like to get a little creative with your drinks, try your hand at making the Pernod Absinthe Green Beast. The drink was created for Pernod Absinthe by Charles Vexenat in 2010and works well as a punch. You need 1 part Pernod Absinthe, 1 part fresh lime juice, 1 part sugar syrup and 4 parts water. Garnish with a slice of cucumber.

Chartreuse: The Last Word Cocktail

What to Drink on Bastille Day
The Last Word (left)

Impress your guests with The Last Word Cocktail. Equal parts of each component are shaken with ice and double strained into a cocktail glass. For one drink, you need 20 ml Gin, 20 ml Maraschino liqueur, 20 ml Green Chartreuse and 20 ml fresh lime juice. Add all the ingredients into a shaker then fill with ice. Shake and double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry. Deliciously addictive.

Kir Royale

A classic and elegant apéro, Kir Royale is made with crème de cassis, topped with champagne or sparkling wine such as Cremant de Bourgogne. Add 1 part crème de cassis to a champagne flute, top with 5 parts of champagne. The drink is easy to make and delicious. It’s fruity slightly sweet with fine bubbles.

Wine & Champagne

Of course, French wine and Champagne are always de rigeur and on Bastille Day, there’s nothing like  celebrating French terroir and regionality within your budget.


After all the wining and dining, a little digestif is always in order. France produces some of the best eaux de vie particularly Calvados, Armagnac, Cognac.

Bas Armagnac
Armagnac in Paris

Bonne fête nationale à tous!


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.

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