The best French drinks

French wine brands, photo by eddie.welker/Flickr

As we all know, France is not just a spectacular country full of attractions, it is also popular for its spectacular cuisine and delicious wines. If you would like to find out more about French drinks, read on, because below there will be described the best ones. Besides wine, there are other great drinks which are beloved by French people. From coffee to aperitif, from soft drinks to water, France is popular for some fantastic and popular brands of drinks. They say that if you are in France, you must taste some specialties of their world famous cuisine. Well, I say you must try at least one famous wine or champagne brand and drink a hot coffee in the morning, sitting on the balcony of your hotel room, looking towards the magnificent Eiffel Tower.

Wine

Le vin (French for wine) is a very popular drink in France. You will find famous wine brands in the whole country, as there are numerous vineyards here. Some of the wine regions are Champagne, the Loire Valley, Alsace, Bordeaux, Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon, Bourgogne and so on. These regions are worldwide famous for their fantastic vineyards. Each brand of wine has its own distinctive savor. Imagine a delicious meal after which you have a glass of wine, all these in France, magnificent, isn’t it? To help you choose the best, here are some of the food and wine pairings: after soup drink red wine, for example Beaujolais; after seafood Muscadet or Riesling is the best choice and if you eat red wine, Bourgogne is the perfect choice.

French wine brands, photo by eddie.welker/Flickr

Champagne

This famous drink got its name after the region Champagne. Champagne is actually sparkling wine. In order to create carbonation, they ferment the wine two times. The following grapes are used to produce champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Champagne is usually used for celebrations, such as birthdays, anniversaries or New Year’s Eve. If you would like to drink champagne after a good meal, you can do it at any restaurant in France. Some famous types of champagne are: cuvée, blanc de noirs and blanc de blancs. Maybe the original cuvée was Moët & Chandon’s Dom Pérignon. Surely many of you heard about this one.

Dom Perignon Champagne, photo by geishaboy500/Flickr

Coffee

Coffee is one of the French’ favorite drinks. The day usually begins with this great drink. There are spectacular café bars in France where you can order different types of coffee like Café au Lait (coffee with hot milk), un Café (espresso coffee in a small cup), un Double (the double amount of the previous coffee), Café allongé (a watered down espresso), Une Noisette (espresso with a bit of milk or cream on top of it). Of course, you can order a hot chocolate (Chocolat Chaud) or different types of tea such as Thé au Lait (tea with milk), Thé (simple tea served with sugar) or Tisane (herbal tea).

Aperitif

This kind of drink is usually drunk before dinner. There are some great French aperitifs, such as the pastis which is the licorice liquor in France, Crème de Cassis (black currant liqueur) and the Kir Royale which is a version of the French sweet cocktail, the Kir. Sweet Muscat and white wine are also beloved aperitifs of French people. Drinking an aperitif before dinner is elegant and is also good for digestion.

Kir Royale, photo by 1000heads/Flickr

 

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