Bubbly French Blonde Cocktail

Bubbly French Blonde

The Bubbly French Blonde is my spin on Taylor Swift’s new fave cocktail! It boasts grapefruit juice, Lillet Blanc, gin, and elderflower liqueur.

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Bubbly French Blonde

Light, fresh, and floral, this feminine twist on the classic French 75 is a gorgeous option for Galentine’s or any fun celebration! A traditional French Blonde is a cocktail made with grapefruit juice, Lillet Blanc, gin, bitters, and elderflower liqueur. For this version, I left the bitters out, and opted for a splash of champagne for a bubbly twist!

Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice is best for this cocktail. Elderflower liqueur perfectly balances out the tartness with sweet and floral flavors, and Lilet Blanc adds a fruity and herbaceous layer to the drink. Don’t forget to top this libation with a fresh grapefruit slice and edible flower!

Ingredients for the Bubble French Blonde

  • Gin: Opt for a smooth and well-balanced gin like Nolet’s.
  • Grapefruit Juice: Freshly squeezed grapefruit gives a citrusy kick. The more red a grapefruit is on the inside, the sweeter it tends to be, so choose accordingly.
  • Lillet Blanc: A light and refreshing French aperitif wine crafted with a blend of citrus, stone fruit, and honeyed botanicals.
  • Elderflower Liqueur: Infuses a sweet and floral essence into the cocktail. I like St. Germain.
  • Champagne: Top the drink with your favorite bubbly! I prefer La Marca Prosecco.
  • Grapefruit Slice, Edible Flower: Add a fresh slice of grapefruit and an edible flower for a pop of color!
Bubbly French Blonde Cocktail

This cocktail comes together in a snap with only 5 ingredients!

Start by combining the fresh grapefruit juice, Lillet Blanc, gin, and elderflower liqueur in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until the mixture is chilled.

Next, strain the concoction into an elegant coupe glass. Top it all off with a splash of champagne. Finally garnish with a slice of grapefruit and delicate edible flowers. Cheers!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you use Lillet Blanc in other cocktails?

Lillet Blanc is a versatile aperitif that can elevate various cocktails. Try it in a classic Lillet Spritz by combining it with sparkling water and a citrus twist for a light and refreshing sip. Alternatively, experiment with Lillet Blanc in a White Negroni for a unique twist on this classic.

Is the Bubbly French Blonde sweet or tart?

The Bubbly French Blonde leans more towards citrusy and tart due to the grapefruit juice, but the Lillet Blanc and elderflower liqueur add a touch of sweetness for a well-balanced flavor profile. It’s not overly sweet, but definitely refreshing!

Can I substitute Prosecco for champagne?

Yes, Prosecco works as a bubbly substitute in the Bubbly French Blonde. Remember, Prosecco is slightly less sweet than champagne, so adjust the sweetness to your preference.

What’s the difference between the Bubbly French Blonde and the French 75?

The Bubbly French Blonde distinguishes itself with the addition of grapefruit juice, Lillet Blanc, and elderflower liqueur, offering a more floral and effervescent experience. In contrast, the classic French 75 leans on lemon juice and simple syrup for a zesty and straightforward profile.

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Bubbly French Blonde

The Bubbly French Blonde is my spin on Taylor Swift's new fave cocktail! It boasts grapefruit juice, Lillet Blanc, gin, and elderflower liqueur.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bubbly, bubbly cocktail, elderflower, french blonde, Gin, Gin Cocktail, taylor swift drink
Yield: 1


  • 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 1 oz dry gin
  • 1/2 oz elderflower liqueur
  • Splash of champagne
  • Garnish: grapefruit slice, edible flowers


  • Add grapefruit juice, Lillet Blanc, gin, elderflower liqueur and ice to a cocktail shaker and shake until chilled.
  • Strain into a coupe glass. Top with a splash of champagne. If desired, garnish with a grapefruit slice and edible flowers.

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