Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Bateaux Mouche

The Bateaux Mouche are those long sight-seeing boats on the Seine river in Paris. The ingredients in this cocktail are appropriately French. Silky cognac and Lillet blanc blend well together. Curacao and lemon juice lighten and add fresh citrus juice and scent to round everything out. It is like French cuisine, well-honed and time-honored--a little predictable in a good way--with elegance and charm.

I like the addition of Lillet Blanc in what would otherwise be a standard Sidecar. Parisians take Lillet chilled the the afternoons. It's not especially strong and only a little bit bitter. But it is much better in a cocktails where its sweetness adds balance.
  • 1 1/2oz. cognac (Courvoissier VS used)
  • 1/2 oz. Lillet blanc
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. sugar syrup
  • 1/2 oz. curacao
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 

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