Bastille Day is a French holiday that commemorates modern France and French democracy.
This day in history symbolizes the end of the constitutional monarchy and the beginning of the democratic republic of France. Bastille Day is celebrated July 14th, as this was the date that marked the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille in 1789. Bastille Day is celebrated in France as the equivalent of our 4th of July – The national holiday symbolizes the beginning of a new form of government in both countries. However, France is not the only country celebrating. More than 50 cities in the U.S. are planning celebrations for Bastille Day this year.
Bastille Day on 60th Street in New York City will be held this Sunday, July 13. New Orleans has a series of events scheduled for the weekend of July 11-13 in and around the French Quarter and in the French-founded Faubourg St. John neighborhood. Milwaukee will hold “Bastille Days,” their popular French festival and one of the nation’s largest French-themed celebrations July 10-13.
Below are some cocktail creations to help you celebrate the French. Happy Bastille Day!
- 2 parts Lillet Rouge
- 4 parts Ginger beer
- Lime wedge
Preparation: Add spirit to Collins glass, top with ice, then ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge.
- 2 parts Lillet Blanc
- 1 part Cooled fruit tea blend of your choice (recommended peach or raspberry)
- 1/2 part Honey syrup*
- 2 parts Soda water
- Lemon wedge
- Mint spring
Preparation: Build spirit and cooled tea in Collins glass. Add ice and top with soda water. Garnish with lemon wedge and small mint spring. * Equal parts honey and water
- 2 parts Lillet Rosé
- 3/4 part fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
- 1/2 part fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 3/4 part simple syrup
- 2 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters
- Soda water
Preparation: Shake vigorously spirits, juices, and syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into ice-filled Collins glass. Top with soda water and add bitters. Garnish with raspberries.
- 1 oz. G’Vine French Gin
- 1/4 oz. Champagne
- 1 1/4 oz. Lemon juice
- 2 tsp Superfine sugar
- 1 Orange slice
Preparation: In a shaker half filled with ice, add G’Vine French Gin, superfine sugar and lemon juice. Shake well and pour into glass. Top with champagne and stir well. Garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherry.
- 1 1/2 oz. Grey Goose Vodka
- 1/4 oz. Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
- 1/4 oz. Fresh pineapple juice
- 1 twist Lemon peel
Preparation: Pour each of the above ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with lemon peel.