According to Page Six and The Washington Post, everyone’s favourite it girl, Taylor Swift, was spied at Rye restaurant in Leawood, Kansas, on a girls’ night out ordering her alleged new “favourite cocktail”.

Said cocktail, the French Blonde – combination of gin, the French aperitif Lillet, St. Germain elderflower liqueur and grapefruit juice – has gone viral worldwide.

While the drink has reportedly been around since the 1902 – invented by a Parisian bartender, so they say – it first appeared in Saveur magazine in 2011, and is not commonplace on most on-premise cocktail lists.

With Swift bringing her Eras Tour to Melbourne and Sydney in the coming weeks, now is the perfect time to add the French Blonde to your cocktail menu and take advantage of this big trend.

The French Blonde Cocktail Recipe:


  • 30ml Dry Gin
  • 15ml Elderflower Liqueur
  • 60ml Lillet Blanc
  • 60ml Fresh Grapefruit juice
  • A few dashes of lemon bitters


  • Fill a coupe glass with ice and set aside.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all the ingredients.
  • Shake for at least 30 seconds.
  • Tip out the ice and any remaining water from the coupe glass and the strain the cocktail in.
  • Gently twist lemon peel over the top and serve.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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