France has always been one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Apart from the famous Eiffel tower, French wine is always warm in every chat.
Well, besides wine, other French drinks are no less unique and special.
21. Rhum Agricole
Rhum Agricole is a rum liqueur made from sugarcane juice made in the French territories of the Caribbean, especially Martinique.
Rhum Agricole is a protected product and refers to the production standard of the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC).
Picon is a bitter, caramel-flavored drink consumed as an aperitif and is traditionally made in eastern and northern France.
Picon is made from fresh oranges that are dried and then mixed with distilled alcohol and other ingredients such as caramel.
Oasis is a non-carbonated soft drink originating from France, and it is a product of the Orangina Schweppes.
The product was first launched by Volvic in 1966 and was originally distributed under the name Pulse before becoming Oasis.
18. Eau de Vie
Eau de Vie in French literally means water of life. The term refers to the clear, colorless fruit brandy that is produced by fermentation and double distillation.
Most of Eau de Vie has a light fruity taste.
Armagnac is a brandy produced in the Armagnac region of Gascony, southwest France.
Armagnac is distilled from grapes commonly used in mixed wines such as Baco 22A and Colombard, traditionally made in column stills.
Calvados is a French drink often nicknamed Calva, and it is made from apple or pear brandy native to Normandy in France.
Calvados is distilled from specially grown and selected apples. There are at least more than 200 varieties of apples that are used as ingredients.
15. Bière de Garde
Bière de Garde is a strong white beer traditionally brewed in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France.
Farmers originally made the beer during winter and spring. Today the Bière de Garde is sold commercially in home production.
Perrier is a French brand of bottled mineral water from a water source in Vergeze in the Grand département.
Perrier is well known for having a high, naturally occurring carbonation. Besides that, the packaging is also very distinctive in a green bottle.
Perry is the name of a French alcoholic drink made from fermented pears, similar to apple cider. Perry was mostly produced in Normandy and Anjou.
Perry in French is known as poiré, and it is often referred to as pear juice.
Pommeau is an alcoholic drink made in northwestern France from a mixture of apple juice and apple brandy.
Generally, Pommeau is consumed as an aperitif and popularly served with various desserts such as chocolate or apple-based dishes.
11. Bordeaux wine
One of France’s best and most famous wine regions is Bordeaux.
The area of vineyards in Bordeaux, especially in Gironde, has more than 120,000 hectares, making it the largest in France. Most of the wine is red.
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Rinquinquin is an aperitif liquor made from peaches and produced in the south of France.
Rinquinquin is made by mixing sweet peaches and peaches in spirit, then mixed with white wine, citrus essential oil, and sugar.
Cacolac is a milk-based drink made in 1954 in Bordeaux, France, by the Lanneluc and Lauseig families.
Currently, Cacolac is available in most of France, about 70% in cafes, hotels, restaurants in bottles and cans.
8. Triple sec
Triple sec or originally called Curaçao triple sec is a strong, sweet, and colorless orange-flavored liqueur.
Triple sec is a variant of Curaçao, a liqueur made from the dried, bitter, and sweet orange peel.
Gini is a lemon-flavored soft drink brand from France created in 1971 by Perrier and then purchased by Cadbury Schweppes in 1989.
Gini has a famous slogan, “La plus chaude des boissons froides” which means the hottest cold drink.
Orangina is the most famous carbonated soft drink in France, made from carbonated water, 12% orange juice, lemon concentrate, mandarine, and 2% citrus pulp.
Orangina’s sweet taste comes from sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
Pastis is a spirit that has a taste of fennel and is traditionally consumed as a common apéritif in France.
Pastis usually contains less than 100 grams of sugar and 40 – 45% alcohol. Pastis was first commercialized in 1932 by Paul Ricard.
Bénédictine is an herbal liquor produced in France. The taste is made up of twenty-seven flowers, berries, herbs, roots, and spices.
Wine merchant Alexandre Le Grand developed Bénédictine in the 19th century based on the original recipe.
Cognac is a variety of brandies named after regions in Cognac, France.
Cognac has various flavors, although most have the characteristics of nuts, fruit, caramel, honey, vanilla, and other spices and contain 40% alcohol.
Absinthe is a distilled beverage that has 45% to 74% alcohol.
Absinthe is made from anise made from many herbs, including the flowers and leaves of Artemisia absinthium. Other blends include green anise, anise, and herbal medicinal herbs.
Traditionally, absinthe has a natural green color, but some are colorless. Usually, in historical literature, Absinthe is referred to as la fée verte meaning green fairy.
Absinthe actually originated in Neuchâtel in Switzerland but later became popular in France.
Champagne is a generic term for French native sparkling wine. Champagne is made from a certain type of wine that originates from the wine region of Champagne.
The commonly used varieties include the Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay grapes.
French wines do not doubt their quality. But the City of Fashion also offers a variety of other extraordinary drinks.
So if you visit this country, also take the time to taste other special drinks.