“Bastille Day, in France and its overseas départements and territories, is a holiday marking the anniversary of the fall on July 14, 1789, of the Bastille in Paris. Originally built as a medieval fortress, the Bastille eventually came to be used as a state prison. Political prisoners were often held there, as were citizens detained by the authorities for trial. Some prisoners were held on the direct order of the king, from which there was no appeal. Although by the late 18th century it was little used and was scheduled to be demolished, the Bastille had come to be associated in the minds of the people with the harsh rule of the Bourbon monarchy. During the unrest of 1789, on July 14 a mob approached the Bastille to demand the arms and ammunition stored there, and, when the force guarding the structure resisted, the attackers captured the prison, releasing the seven prisoners held there. The taking of the Bastille signaled the beginning of the French Revolution, and it thus became a symbol of the end of the ancien régime.” – britannica.com
Bastille Day Cocktails
Founded by the Lillet brothers in 1872, the rich French heritage of Lillet remains true today with its distillery located in the same facility as where the brand was founded in Podensac, France.
A simple yet unusual drink, this Lillet Blanc and tea-blended cocktail will give you Liber-tea and freedom to enjoy your Bastille Day celebration as you wish! By National Lillet Brand Ambassador Amanda Boccato
2 parts Lillet Blanc
1 part cooled fruit tea blend of your choice (recommended peach, raspberry, orange, etc.)
½ part honey syrup*
2 parts soda water
large wedge of fresh lemon
small mint spring
Build spirit and cooled tea in the glass, Add ice and top with soda water, Garnish with lemon wedge and small mint sprig
* = equal parts honey and water
Cocktail connoisseurs will appreciate the emphasis placed on premium spirits and cigar aficionados are welcome at this New Orleans cigar bar.
The French 75 by Chris Hannah of the French 75 Bar, New Orleans
1 1/4 oz Cognac
1/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
3 oz Champagne
Shake first three ingredients and strain into chilled champagne glass, Top with Champagne, and Garnish with lemon twist.
Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur is modelled after a raspberry liqueur produced in the Loire Valley of France during the late 17th century. The liqueur was said to have been introduced to Louis XIV during one of his visits to the Château de Chambord (above). It was common during that time for liqueurs and cognac to be consumed with elegant meals.
Fleur De Lis™
3/4 oz Chambord Flavored Vodka
3/4 oz Chambord Liqueur
2 oz Lemonade
1 oz Cranberry Juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and pour into tall glass. Garnish with lemon twist.